A Colorado (CO) Quitclaim Deed is a deed used to transfer property from one person to the next without any warranties as to the owner or title. This is commonly used when transferring property between family members or changing the deed to add or remove a party, like a spouse.
With a CO quitclaim deed, the seller transfers only the interest they have, if any, and therefore makes no guarantees regarding the owner or title. This means there could be title problems with the property and the buyer should only work with a trusted seller. In contrast, a warranty deed promises the title is free and clear of any liens and claims.
Sometimes quitclaim deeds are mistakenly called “quit claims deed,” “quick claim deed,” or “quit claim deed.”
Important Laws & Requirements
The following are important laws and requirements to keep in mind when writing and filling a Colorado quitclaim deed:
Colorado Revised Statute § 38-30-113(1)(d)
Quitclaim deeds in Colorado must use the word “quitclaim” instead of the word “convey”. Instead of “The seller conveys the property to the buyer,” it must state, “The seller quitclaims the property to the buyer.” Colorado Revised Statute § 38-30-113(1)(d)
Based on Colorado Revised Statute § 38-35-103, Colorado quitclaim deeds must be signed in the presence of a notary public.
You must file a Colorado quitclaim deed in the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
How to Write & File a Quitclaim Deed in Colorado
Step 1 – Get Your Colorado Quitclaim Deed Form
Download our Colorado quitclaim deed form or use our document builder to create your state-specific form. After you complete it, you will need to print it for signing.
Step 2 – Do Not Write in the County Clerk’s Section
At the top of the page is a box that is for the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office to use. Do not write in this section.
Step 3 – Enter the Preparer’s Information
On the left is a section where you will enter the preparer’s information. Enter the name and address of the person preparing the form. Underneath that, enter the name and address of the person who will receive the deed when the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is finished recording. This is typically the buyer (new owner).
Step 4 – Fill in Full Name of Grantor
The next section in the middle of the page requires several pieces of information. Enter the name and address of the seller (grantor) and the buyer (grantee). If any money is changing hands, write the amount, entering the amount spelled out in words in the first blank and numerically in the second blank.
Step 5 – Enter Legal Description
Enter the legal description of the property transferring hands. List the county, then the plot, subdivision, street address, and other defining features. You may include the assessor’s schedule number or parcel number to help identify the property. You can also attach a document if you need more space.
Step 6 – Grantor Signs in Presence of Notary
The grantor must sign in the presence of a notary public.
Step 7 – File Deed with County Clerk and Recorder
File the deed and supporting documents with the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office where the property is located. Contact the Clerk and Recorder for up-to-date information regarding recording fees and transfer tax (also known as a documentary fee).
Colorado Quitclaim Deed Sample
Below, you can find what a Colorado quitclaim deed typically looks like: