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VIN Inspections

Out of State Vehicle VIN Inspection for the Clerk & Recorder’s Office

The Hotchkiss Police Department will be glad to help you with this process. 

Vehicles purchased outside the state of Colorado must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verified by law enforcement and cleared to ensure the vehicle isn’t stolen and the VIN hasn’t been altered.  The fee is $10.00.  You will need to provide the vehicle title or vehicle registration/purchase paperwork for the vehicle to be inspected.  

  • If the vehicle/trailer is licensed, insured and is road worthy, you may drive/tow it to the Hotchkiss Town Hall and you do not have to be a resident of the Town of Hotchkiss. 
  • Any vehicle/trailer that is NOT licensed and insured or deemed to not be road worthy, should be left on your property and you should contact the Hotchkiss Police Department for assistance. You will need to be a resident of the Town of Hotchkiss in this instance.  

Certified VIN Inspections

The Hotchkiss Police Department is currently not offering Certified VIN Inspections. 

A certified VIN inspection is an inspection that is conducted by a certified inspector and completed on forms provided by the Department of Revenue.  The certified inspector checks both the public VIN (which may be located on the dashboard, or another highly visible area), and discreet VINs, the locations of which are only provided to law enforcement by the vehicle's manufacturer.  The inspector checks the public and discreet VINs against state and national databases of wanted and stolen vehicles.  The following vehicles require a certified VIN inspection:

  • bonded title vehicles;
  • rebuilt vehicles;
  • reconstructed vehicles; and
  • vehicles assembled from a kit (including trailers).