Alabama Car Title
Do you need a car title in Alabama? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title or bill of sale in Alabama. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DPS related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DPS offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible we will prepare your DPS forms and/or provide links to DPS Online services. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DPS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DPS.
3: Via a local DPS office
If you prefer to access DPS services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DPS office location. Varying DPS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DPS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DPS allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is really necessary.
New Alabama Car Title
In Alabama, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle or when it is registered for the first time within the state. If you are the owner you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party, out-of-state dealer, you're refinancing your vehicle or you need to add or remove an owner from that vehicles title, you will need to apply for a new title.
Visit Car-title.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining or transferring your car title.
Obtaining a Duplicate Title
Losing your car title can be a pain, but if you live in Alabama it is easily fixable. You can apply for a duplicate title either by mail or in-person at any DPS office.
If your title is lost or stolen in Alabama, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a $15 duplicate fee and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, click here.
Changing the Address On Your Car Title
In Alabama, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed either by mail or in-person at any DPS office. You are required to report a change of address to the DPS as soon as possible following your move. Once you've changed the address on your vehicle title and registration, you may also want to change the address on your driver's license and voter registration. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, click here.
Changing the Name On Your Car Title
If you've recently legally changed your name, in Alabama, and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA website for more information.
Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title either by mail or in-person at your local DPS office.
Alabama Bill of Sale
When conducting a sale of a vehicle in Alabama, a bill of sale will be needed for both the buyer and seller. This is because the Alabama bill of sale for a car is required to transfer the title, an even more important measure to take when conducting a motor vehicle transaction. The bill of sale should include the names and addresses of both the buyer and seller, the vehicle’s make, model, series number, body type, year, vehicle identification number (VIN), the name of the lien-holder, the car’s odometer reading when it is sold, the seller’s signature, the signature and seal from a notary public, and, if the vehicle was purchased from a dealer, the dealer’s state and county business license numbers.