An Alabama motor vehicle bill of sale is a form that confirms the sale of a motor vehicle and transfer of ownership between parties. It includes the sale date, purchase price, and the contact information of the buyer and seller. A general vehicle description and odometer disclosure (mileage) should also be added. The original form will be kept by the buyer, and 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 which must take place within twenty (20) days of the vehicle’s purchase.
Alabama Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – Required if the buyer will have a representative purchase or register the vehicle on their behalf.
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 the Registration (Tag) Fee Schedule).
More information can be found at the Alabama Department of Revenue, License Plate and Registration Information page.