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.
Alabama Salvage Titles
In the state of Alabama, a vehicle deemed a total loss by an insurance company results in the issuance of an Alabama salvage title for the vehicle. It becomes a salvage vehicle and can't be driven on the highways or have a valid license plate. If the vehicle is restored, it has to be inspected before a "rebuilt title" will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with an AL salvage rebuilt title can be driven on the highways.
Applying for a Alabama Salvage Certificate of Title
To apply for a salvage car title in Alabama, you'll need to go to your local AL Department of Revenue office. Along with your application you'll have to have the vehicle's original certificate of title, the manufacturer's certificate of origin or out-of-state title. The state of Alabama requires you to apply for a rebuilt title from the DOR if the vehicle is legally declared a total loss.
Rebuildable Salvage Titles and Not Rebuildable Salvage Titles
- A Rebuildable AL Salvage Title means that it can be repaired and driven
- A Not Rebuildable AL Salvage Title means that it must be sold for parts
If the total cost of repairing the vehicle or rebuilding the vehicle is less than 75 percent damage, an AL Salvage Rebuildable or AL Salvage Rebuildable Certificate of Title for an uninsured motor vehicle can be issued.
AL Salvage Title Application/Form
To begin the process of filling out your Alabama salvage title application, click here. Please bring the completed form to your local DL tax collector's office (DOR) for filing.
Alabama Salvage Rebuilt Titles
In the state of Alabama, it's against the law to sell a rebuilt auto title if the official DOR stamp on the certificate of title does not indicate the vehicle has been rebuilt or assembled from parts, or is a replica, kit car, glider kit or flood vehicle. The Alabama DOR has to examine the automobile before an AL salvage title certificate can be issued. If the DOR has not displayed an official decal stating the auto has been rebuilt, the document is null and void.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Alabama
To title an abandoned vehicle in Alabama you will need to fill out an AL Abandoned Motor Vehicle Request form. Your next step would be to then fill out an Alabama Salvage Title application form, pay the appropriate title fee and turn it into your local DOR office.