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Am I required to pay the registration fees for the entire year if my registration has been revoked?

Yes. Code Section 32-7A-11 requires the vehicle owner to purchase a new registration. All applicable registration fees, including additional fees and issuance fees will apply. The registrant does have the option to purchase a standard or God Bless America license plate for the remainder of the registration year so that the additional $50 registration fee would not be due. If the license plate has a personalized message, the registrant’s personalized message will be available again at the time of renewal. Note that the additional fee cannot be prorated (40-12-258).

Yes. Code Section 32-7A-11 requires the vehicle owner to purchase a new registration. All applicable registration fees, including additional fees and issuance fees will apply. The registrant does have the option to purchase a standard or God Bless America license plate for the remainder of the registration year so that the additional $50 registration fee would not be due. If the license plate has a personalized message, the registrant’s personalized message will be available again at the time of renewal. Note that the additional fee cannot be prorated (40-12-258).
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The local licensing office or Property Tax Division should be contacted to answer this question at (334) 242-1525.
An MLI verification notice is mailed to the address on the vehicle registration and/or emailed (if email address is available) to registrants asking for proof of insurance coverage for the vehicle on the verification date. If no response is received after 30 days from the MLI verification notice, the license plate has not been surrendered within 30 days or insurance cannot be verified by the DOR, a NOS is mailed to the registrant notifying them that their registration has been suspended.
The insurer should be asked to visit www.besuretoinsureal.com to provide the department confirmation of coverage on the vehicle for the requested verification date as shown on the verification notice. The confirmation should be provided on the insurer letterhead and submitted from the insurer’s email address indicating the response is being provided directly from the insurer.
The Department of Revenue selects registrations of motor vehicles for which insurance could not be confirmed (verified) using OIVS to determine if the owners are maintaining liability insurance in accordance with the MLI law by the following methods: The department reviews motor vehicle registrations using a real time verification process directly with the insurance companies on every vehicle registered in the state that is subject to the MLI law. The department receives notice that the Alabama driver’s license associated with the vehicle registration has been suspended or revoked by the Department of Public Safety. The department receives notice that there was a ticket issued for failure or refusal to comply with a request by a law enforcement officer for display of evidence of insurance coverage on the vehicle. ADOR will follow-up on any unconfirmed responses received from the insurer by sending a questionnaire to the registrant in an attempt to obtain updated policy information. (The department also has asked insurers to provide a monthly file of active policies to ensure registration records are updated for confirmation of coverage.) A sample questionnaire document is available from the Motor Vehicle Division website at https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle/.
Yes. If the vehicle was in exempt (stored, inoperable, or other unused) status the registrant should visit their local licensing official to surrender the license plate within thirty days of the MLI verification notice. Failure to surrender the license plate within 30 calendar days of the MLI verification Notice will result in suspension of their vehicle registration. Failure to surrender the license plate or completion of the “Request for Registration Revocation” form (MV32-7A-5) within 30 days of the MLI verification notice will result in a registration suspension. However, if the registrant was unable to surrender the plate within 30 days due to any of the reasons listed on MV Form 32-7A-11 (on DOR website), the registrant may qualify for a “good cause” extension. The form should be completed (along with necessary documentation) and submitted to their local licensing official within 30 calendar days from the date that the “good cause” event ended. If the plate and/or a completed form MV32-7A-5 was not submitted to the local licensing official within 30 days of the MLI verification notice and if the registrant does not qualify for any of the good cause reasons listed on MV32-7A-11, reinstatement fees ($200 for first suspension; $400 for second and subsequent suspension) and evidence of current Alabama liability insurance coverage must be provided to their local licensing official to remove the registration suspension.
The online insurance verification system (OIVS) uses web services for real time verification of policy information with insurers. The OIVS is accessible to the department, licensing officials, and law enforcement. If OIVS does not return a “confirmed” response to the department, licensing officials, or law enforcement, the registrant will be required to present the evidence of insurance document. The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) continues to attempt to verify the policy information submitted and will follow-up on any unconfirmed responses received from the insurer by sending a verification notice to the registrant.