The cost of registering a vehicle from state to state can be quite different. Let's take a look at how to register a vehicle in Alabama, the cost of registration, and the requirements for registering a car in the state of Alabama.
To register a vehicle in Alabama, you will need to visit (in-person or online if you live in certain counties) your local licensing officials office. If you are moving to Alabama, you must register any vehicle within 30 days of your arrival and have a valid out-of-state registration.
The cost to register a standard vehicle in the state of Alabama is $15-$23, plus an extra $50 annual fee.
The cost to register large trucks, tractors, and motor homes will vary based on the vehicle’s weight. See the complete Alabama registration fee schedule here.
If the vehicle is paid off and you already have the title, you will need to bring that with you when you register your car. In addition you will need to bring a current tag registration with you to the local county licensing office.
If you own your vehicle, you will need to show:
If the vehicle is financed or leased, you'll need the title documents sent to your local county license issuing office, plus the following:
If you purchased the vehicle before moving to Alabama, the requirements vary slightly.
For individual sale
For dealership sale
For residents coming from out of state, all of the following are requirements to register your vehicle in the state of Alabama:
The state of Alabama does not require emissions testing.
The state of Alabama does require you to have insurance on the vehicle you are trying to register. So if your vehicle isn't currently insured, be sure to check out different car insurance companies and compare quotes to find the right provider for the right price.
To renew your vehicle registration in the state of Alabama, you have to determine which month your vehicle registration will expire. In order to do this, you go by the first letter of your last name.
Your county will normally send out a notice about a month prior to your vehicle registration's expiration to remind you. To renew it, all you have to do is show up to your local title office with your current registration or registration notice, your driver's license, and the renewal fee for your county.
If your registration is lost or damaged, you'll need to fill out a request form and visit your local Motor Vehicle Division office. You'll need to bring the following with you:
You can find out how to apply for specialty license plates at your local license plate issuing office, including the steps you need to take, eligibility requirements, required documentation, whether the plate can be personalized or not, and all applicable fees.
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