All vehicles registered in Alabama require registered plates from the Department of Revenue.
When purchasing a new or used vehicle, you must use a temporary plate to drive legally.
If you're going to live in Alabama, your vehicle needs a license plate registered with the Alabama Department of Revenue (DOR).
You can apply for Standard Plates or Specialty Plates in Alabama, which have different fees and costs.
Legally, you must obtain a license plate for your vehicle within 30 days of moving to the state, or, if you already live in the state, within 20 days of purchasing your vehicle.
If you’re buying a used car, you may be wondering who owned the car before you and what its history is. When you do an Alabama license plate search, you can discover the history of ownership of the car.
Getting a vehicle report lets you make confident decisions when purchasing a used vehicle, by answering these important questions:
Get a vehicle history report before you make the purchase.
This really happens: You park your car for the day, then return in the evening to find that your license plates have been removed.
In the event that your plates are stolen, here are the steps to take:
If you want to sell or donate your vehicle, you’ll have to remove the plates and either:
You can transfer your license plates to a new vehicle by paying the DOR $1.25 (additional fees or taxes may apply).
Some specialty plates may not be transferable, and you should contact the DOR to check.
If you discontinue your car insurance payment or you get different license plates, you’ll have to surrender your original license plates.
Also, if you reported your plates stolen but found them or recovered them later on, you’ll also have to surrender your plates to DOR.
Fees additional to those listed below may apply. Check with your local DMV for service fees, taxes, or fees for titling a vehicle or vehicle registration (if needed).
If you want your vehicle to stand out on the streets, you may want to get a specialty license plate. Here are a few of the options available to you in Alabama:
Check with your local Alabama DMV for all available specialty plate styles.
Note: Fees for specialty plates range from $23 to $890 per year, depending on your vehicle being registered.
When you purchase a new vehicle, you should have a temporary tag, which will be valid until your new plates arrive. Typically, the temporary tags are valid for 20 days and must be displayed in your back window.
To apply for license plates in Alabama, you must first register your vehicle at DOR. Remember, you must register your vehicle:
You’ll need the following to register your vehicle:
You’ll receive a reminder from the Alabama Department of Revenue letting you know that you must renew or update the tags on your vehicle.
When you renew your tags, you will also renew the vehicle’s registration. This can be done online, by mail, or in person.
After you complete this, you’ll receive new stickers to place on your plate.
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Here is a step-by-step guide on how to look up Alabama License Plates and report bad drivers: