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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.
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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.
In accordance with the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, military members whose vehicles are titled and registered in their legal jurisdictions of residency may maintain their valid registration from their home of record while they are stationed in Alabama. However, they may choose to title and register their vehicle in Alabama while they are stationed in this state. Vehicles registered in Alabama must be covered by an Alabama liability insurance policy.
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.