An Alabama motor vehicle bill of sale confirms the transfer sale of a motor vehicle between two parties. It includes the sale date, purchase price, and the contact information of the buyer and seller. Fields for the vehicle’s description and mileage are also provided. The original form should be kept by the buyer. The seller can make a copy for themselves if they wish. The form is a requirement for buyers as it allows them to register the vehicle with the DMV, a process that needs to take place within twenty (20) days of the vehicle’s sale.
Alabama Vehicle Registration
To register a motor vehicle in Alabama for the first time, the new owner will need to carry out the following:
- Complete a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) inspection. Form MVT 5-10 must be completed, which permits a government official to complete the inspection. Bring the completed bill of sale to the inspection, as the official will need proof that the buyer is the true owner.
- Travel to a nearby vehicle licensing office (view offices by county) and bring the following materials:
- The vehicle’s title (should have been signed-over from the previous owner);
- Liability insurance (will be verified through OIVS – bring the physical license card in case it can’t be found digitally).
- Pay the required fee (see Registration File Information).
More information can be found at the Alabama Department of Revenue, License Plate and Registration Information page.