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How do I report a vehicle as unclaimed/abandoned?

The person or entity in possession of an “unclaimed” or “abandoned” motor vehicle must report the vehicle to the department before a motor vehicle can be sold as an “abandoned” vehicle.

To report a vehicle as abandoned or unclaimed, please visit the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal.

The reporter is required to follow the instructions that are provided in the Help Section of the Unclaimed/Abandoned Portal.

The person or entity in possession of an “unclaimed” or “abandoned” motor vehicle must report the vehicle to the department before a motor vehicle can be sold as an “abandoned” vehicle. To report a vehicle as abandoned or unclaimed, please visit the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal. The reporter is required to follow the instructions that are provided in the Help Section of the Unclaimed/Abandoned Portal.
Related FAQs in Titles, Unclaimed/Abandoned Motor Vehicles
To obtain records, please visit the department’s Records Request Portal to electronically submit requests for certified copies of title and/or registration records.
The person or entity in possession of an “unclaimed” or “abandoned” motor vehicle must report the vehicle to the department before a motor vehicle can be sold as an “abandoned” vehicle. To report a vehicle as abandoned or unclaimed, please visit the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal. The reporter is required to follow the instructions that are provided in the Help Section of the Unclaimed/Abandoned Portal.
Unclaimed Motor Vehicles include the following: A motor vehicle left unattended on a public road or highway for more than 48 hours. A motor vehicle not left on private property for repairs that has remained on private or other public property for a period of more than 48 hours without the consent of the owner or lessee of the property. A motor vehicle, left on private property for repairs, that has not been reclaimed within 48 hours from the latter of either the date the repairs were completed or the agreed upon redemption date. A motor vehicle left unattended on a public street, road, or highway or other property for a period of at least 48 hours. A motor vehicle left unattended because the driver has been arrested or is impaired by an accident or for any other reason which causes the need for the vehicle to be immediately removed as determined necessary by law enforcement. A list of all unclaimed/abandoned motor vehicles is available to the public through the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal, by selecting the View Unclaimed Vehicle Reports button.
The odometer reading is not required to be recorded in the assignment of an MSO. However, if the odometer reading is provided in the assignment of the MSO the odometer reading on the title application must be equal to or progressive with the odometer reading in the assignment, unless the vehicle is exempt from mileage. The odometer disclosure section of an MSO or out of state title is not required, by the state of Alabama, to be completed. The odometer reading on all other transfers with a certificate of title require the mileage to be certified, therefore, the mileage on the application must agree exactly with the mileage listed in the title assignment on all other transfers.
Yes, the owner(s) and/or an authorized representative of the firm must sign and date his/her legal signature on the title application.
Yes. The owner name(s) on the title application must be identical to the owner name(s) in the assignment of the MSO, title or any other supporting document. This includes suffixes (Jr., III, etc.). If there is a variance in the owner’s name between the application and the assignment an affidavit attesting to the variance in the name may be provided.