We picked up our 17B in Sumas and drove it back to Colorado in early September. We immediately began the licensing process and took the first available appointment to submit our paperwork (a wait time of about 3 weeks). Prior to the appointment, we called the licensing office in El Paso County (Colorado Springs) four times to make sure we had everything we needed and were assured that everything was in order. We took in the bill of sale, the Homeland Security approval, proof of insurance, our passports, and every piece of paperwork related to the purchase. We also took our checkbook to pay the huge amount of taxes owed on the purchase. As we feared, but fully expected, our application was rejected, and here is what we were told:
1. The trailer is from Canada? Whoa! That's not normal. That's a problem!
2. Our bill of sale from Escape is not notarized with a statement that includes "Under Penalty of Perjury."
3. Homeland Security accepted the paperwork, but that's not enough for the state of Colorado.
4. A customized plate is not possible because the trailer doesn't have a motor.
5. Proof of insurance is not necessary, so long as our car is insured (
Has anyone else had to get a "perjury" statement from Escape? None of this makes sense. First, we were told that the notarized perjury statement can be emailed; it seems to us that the purpose of a notarized document is to provide an original, verified document, not an online copy. Second, in August, we tried to get a temporary plate before we drove our 17B home, and that was an exercise in the absurd. Third, our governor has urged Colorado citizens to license online during COVID, but we were required to go to our county office, where there were far too many people packed into a windowless, airless room. Now another appointment/trip will be necessary. Fourth, how crazy is it to be rejected from trying to pay a tax?
Ah, well, we do love our 17B, but she will remain license-less and nameless for the time being.