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Where do I go to register my motor vehicle in Alabama?

Motor vehicles are registered through license plate issuing offices in the county in which the owner resides. If the owner is a firm, corporation, or an association, the motor vehicle is registered in the county in which the motor vehicle is used or operated. Note: in Jefferson County, several cities process motor vehicle registration renewals (Clay, Hoover, Irondale, and Vestavia Hills)

International Registration Plan (IRP) trucks and truck tractors, operating to points outside the State of Alabama, are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Motor Carrier Services Unit.

Motor vehicles owned by the State, a county, municipality, public utility department, or volunteer fire department are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Registration Section.

Motor vehicles are registered through license plate issuing offices in the county in which the owner resides. If the owner is a firm, corporation, or an association, the motor vehicle is registered in the county in which the motor vehicle is used or operated. Note: in Jefferson County, several cities process motor vehicle registration renewals (Clay, Hoover, Irondale, and Vestavia Hills) International Registration Plan (IRP) trucks and truck tractors, operating to points outside the State of Alabama, are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Motor Carrier Services Unit. Motor vehicles owned by the State, a county, municipality, public utility department, or volunteer fire department are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Registration Section.
Related FAQs in Registering a Vehicle, Registration
Alabama law provides that any person acquiring a new or used motor vehicle shall obtain a license plate within twenty (20) calendar days from the date of acquisition. In order to register a vehicle subject to the Alabama title law, a title application must be completed before a registration can be processed. When a certificate of title is not required, only a registration is issued. The licensing official or their appointed deputy is required to inspect the vehicle prior to issuing a registration.
Section 40-12-262, Code of Alabama, provides that the owner of a non-commercial vehicle which has a valid registration from another jurisdiction has thirty (30) days from the date the vehicle enters the state to register the vehicle. Please contact your local licensing official’s office for further assistance.
Yes, beginning January 1, 2013, license plate issuing officials will attempt to verify liability insurance utilizing the State of Alabama Online Insurance Verification System (OIVS) when issuing or renewing vehicle registrations. If insurance cannot be verified through OIVS, vehicle owners must provide evidence of insurance to the license plate issuing official. The insurance card is the most common evidence of current insurance.
Title – For any motor vehicle requiring a certificate of title, the vehicle owner must first apply for an Alabama certificate of title through a designated agent of the Alabama Department of Revenue. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)/ Ownership Documentation Inspection – When a certificate of title is not required, only a registration is issued. The licensing official or their appointed deputy is required to inspect the vehicle prior to issuing a registration each time there is a change in ownership of the vehicle along with the ownership documentation (bill of sale, court order, properly assigned certificate of origin, or any other documentation as specified by the Department). An inspection is not required for a registration renewal. Mandatory Liability Insurance – The motor vehicle must be covered by an Alabama liability insurance policy prior to registration. Beginning January 1, 2013, license plate issuing officials will attempt to verify liability insurance utilizing the State of Alabama Online Insurance Verification System (OIVS) when issuing or renewing vehicle registrations. If insurance cannot be verified through OIVS, vehicle owners must provide evidence of insurance to the license plate issuing official. The insurance card is the most common evidence of current insurance. Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (FHVUT) if applicable – When registering trucks and truck tractors with gross vehicle weight of 55,000 lbs or more, the registrant must provide proof of payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax before the registration can be issued. This tax is paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a Form 2290 is received as receipt of payment. After the prerequisites are met, the licensing official will collect the necessary registration fees and ad valorem taxes and issue a license plate. Click here to view registration fees for the various Alabama license plates. Images of Alabama license plates may be viewed by selecting a license plate category under the “License Plate Information” menu item on the Motor Vehicle Division web page. The vehicle owner has twenty (20) calendar days from the date of vehicle purchase or acquisition to register the vehicle without penalty or interest charges applying. If the 20th day falls on a Sunday, a legal holiday, or a day on which the licensing official’s office is closed, the next succeeding working day shall be counted as the last day.
Motor vehicles are registered through license plate issuing offices in the county in which the owner resides. If the owner is a firm, corporation, or an association, the motor vehicle is registered in the county in which the motor vehicle is used or operated. Note: in Jefferson County, several cities process motor vehicle registration renewals (Clay, Hoover, Irondale, and Vestavia Hills) International Registration Plan (IRP) trucks and truck tractors, operating to points outside the State of Alabama, are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Motor Carrier Services Unit. Motor vehicles owned by the State, a county, municipality, public utility department, or volunteer fire department are registered through the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, Registration Section.
No. Alabama law does not provide for emissions testing of motor vehicles.