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I purchased a vehicle overseas and will be shipping it to the United States. How do I title and register the vehicle in Alabama?

Instructions and documents needed for titling an imported motor vehicle are detailed in Administrative Rule 810-5-75-.03.

The cost of an Alabama title is $15, plus a $3 fee due to the licensing official. Once the Alabama title has been issued (if required), you will be able to register the vehicle. The cost of a standard passenger license plate is $23, plus $1.25 issuance fee. Local fees, ad valorem tax, and sales tax may be added to this amount by the licensing official’s office.

Instructions and documents needed for titling an imported motor vehicle are detailed in Administrative Rule 810-5-75-.03. The cost of an Alabama title is $15, plus a $3 fee due to the licensing official. Once the Alabama title has been issued (if required), you will be able to register the vehicle. The cost of a standard passenger license plate is $23, plus $1.25 issuance fee. Local fees, ad valorem tax, and sales tax may be added to this amount by the licensing official’s office.
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Registrants may voluntarily surrender license plates prior to cancelling the Alabama insurance policy to avoid any future MLI issues should they return to AL and require registration on the vehicle in the future.
A penalty of $15.00 plus interest is assessed for anyone who: is delinquent in registering newly acquired vehicles. fails to timely transfer a valid license plate to a newly acquired vehicle. fails to renew in their designated renewal month. moves to Alabama and fails to register their vehicle in Alabama within thirty (30) days from the date they enter the state.
Instructions and documents needed for titling an imported motor vehicle are detailed in Administrative Rule 810-5-75-.03. The cost of an Alabama title is $15, plus a $3 fee due to the licensing official. Once the Alabama title has been issued (if required), you will be able to register the vehicle. The cost of a standard passenger license plate is $23, plus $1.25 issuance fee. Local fees, ad valorem tax, and sales tax may be added to this amount by the licensing official’s office.
The state transfer fee is $1.25. Additionally, a number of Alabama counties have imposed local issuance fees.
License plates are to be removed by the registrant upon the sale or disposal of the vehicle. If another vehicle is acquired, you may be able to transfer your license plate to this newly acquired vehicle. Please contact your license plate issuing offices for further information.
Yes. Section 40-12-260, Code of Alabama 1975, provides that the vehicle owner shall retain the Motor Vehicle Registration Tag and Tax Receipt within the vehicle for possible presentation to law enforcement. The fine for failure to provide evidence of current registration to a law enforcement officer is a minimum of $50. If someone trades a vehicle, he/she is required to retain within the vehicle a copy of the title application, bill of sale, or a temporary tag prior to transferring the registration.