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Registering a car in Alabama is essential for all vehicle owners residing in the state. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information on registering a car, including the requirements, fees, types of registrations, forms that need to be completed, the processing time, and how to renew a registration.


To register a vehicle in Alabama, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an Alabama resident.
  • You must have a valid Alabama driver’s license or state-issued ID.
  • You must have proof of ownership, such as a title or manufacturer’s certificate of origin (MCO).
  • You must have proof of insurance that meets the state’s minimum liability requirements.

Type of Registrations

There are different types of vehicle registrations in Alabama:

  • New Vehicle Registration: For newly purchased vehicles or vehicles new to the state of Alabama.
  • Used Vehicle Registration: For used vehicles purchased from a private seller or dealer.
  • Out-of-State Vehicle Registration: For vehicles previously registered in another state.
  • Military Vehicle Registration: For active-duty military members stationed in Alabama.
  • Temporary Vehicle Registration: For temporary residents or those needing a temporary registration for a specific purpose.

Forms to Complete

To register a vehicle in Alabama, you will need to complete the following forms:

  • Title Application (Form MVT 5-1E): This form is required for new, used, and out-of-state vehicles. It is used to apply for an Alabama title.
  • Bill of Sale: A bill of sale is required for used vehicles purchased from a private seller. It must include the vehicle’s description, purchase price, and seller’s information.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MVT 5-6): This form is required for vehicles under ten years old and must be completed by the seller.
  • Proof of Insurance: You must provide proof of insurance that meets Alabama’s minimum liability requirements.

Processing Time

The processing time for vehicle registration in Alabama is typically within 30 days. However, this may vary depending on the county and the complexity of the registration process.

Renewing a Registration

Vehicle registrations in Alabama are renewed annually. You will receive a renewal notice from the Alabama Department of Revenue before your registration expires. To renew your registration, you can:

  • Online: Visit the Alabama Department of Revenue’s online portal and follow the instructions to renew your registration.
  • By Mail: Send the renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment to the address specified on the renewal notice.
  • In-Person: Visit your local county licensing office with your renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment.
  • *Note: Late fees may apply if you do not renew your registration before expiration.
  • In conclusion, registering a car in Alabama requires careful attention to the requirements, fees, and forms. Following this guide, you should be well-equipped to navigate the registration process and enjoy your vehicle on Alabama roads.

    Last Verified:
    May 26, 2023