Rules and regulations concerning application for
Alabama certificate of title are specified and regulated by
Department of Revenue. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to Motor Vehicle
Division - Title Section, P O Box 327640, Montgomery, Alabama 36132-7640. The office location is at the Gordon Persons
Building in Montgomery
The State Motor Vehicle Department will not accept
any document that has been altered. This
includes any type of fluid or means used to remove, delete, or cover up
previously entered information. MVD
will require a replacement title (download form) to be obtained for the altered document.
of Physical Inspection of Vehicle
A physical inspection and verification of the VIN
and descriptive data shown on the title application is required only for first certificates of title, including
New vehicles - Application for first title.
Out-of-state vehicles - Brought into Alabama and surrender out-of-state
Other vehicles - Not currently titled and subject to Alabama title law.
All non-title vehicles being registered
for the first time in a new owner's name and not registered in Alabama
within the two previous calendar years.
(The vehicle or trailer may be brought to the
Clinton St. Courthouse Annex or
State Form MVT 5-10 (download
form) may be completed and inspected by a
governmental law enforcement officer in Alabama.)
for Name and Signature (Regulation
An application for a certificate of title shall
have the name of the vehicle owner on the title application form (MVT 5-1C).
The signature of owner must be the individual owner signature
power of attorney (download form) appointee. If
joint ownership is reflected, then BOTH owners must sign the title application.
No more than two owners shall be listed on an application for certificate of
title. Beginning October, 2015, Act
2015-362 requires any change to the owner's legal name (marriage, divorce, court
order, etc.) must be reflected on new Alabama title before registration renewal
of the motor vehicle.
Signature Requirements (Regulation
The proper assignment of title by the registered
owner or selling dealer is a necessary part of the transfer of a vehicle.
The signature of the seller must meet the Revenue Department's
requirements for transfer of title. Seller
must sign exactly or more than name shown on face of title e.g. Blackwood James
M on face of title should sign legal signature as James M. Blackwood.
James Marshall Blackwood is also an acceptable signature.
The listing of Davis Wm T on face of title should sign legal signature as
William T. Davis.
of Out-of-State Title (Regulation
When a vehicle enters this state from a title state
and an application is made for an Alabama certificate of title, the original
out-of-state title or replacement title shall be surrendered.
A leasing company located outside of Alabama, which leases a vehicle that
will be domiciled in Alabama, shall furnish the residence address of the lessee
power of attorney (download form) to an appointee to sign title application.
The lessor shall always be named as owner and title shall be mailed to
owner's mailing address as provided.
If the out-of-state title is held by a lienholder, then a copy or electronic
copy of the original title record may be provided and the new resident may
receive vehicle registration only with the out-of-state title remaining with the
of Title to an Alabama Owner (Regulation
The titled owner(s) assigns the title to the
purchaser(s). If the purchaser is
a licensed auto dealer, then he may reassign the title to the next dealer, etc.
If a title is assigned to an individual or firm who is not a licensed
auto dealer that party must first obtain title in their name.