Motor Vehicles

Office Contact

(334) 361-3727
(334) 361-3726
autaugatags@yahoo.com

Office Hours

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Titles are not processed after 3:30 p.m.
Closed all State Holidays

Office Location

Our office is located at:
176 W 5th St Prattville, Alabama 36067
(downtown across from the new Metro Jail)

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PLEASE READ!
Provisions under the new Alabama Liability Car Insurance Law go into effect on January 1, 2013. You must have proof of drivers license and liability insurance to renew your tag. Click HERE for more information.

ALABAMA VEHICLE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:
The Alabama Department of Revenue in Montgomery sets all vehicle values, all title regulations and all other regulations regarding motor vehicle laws. These laws and regulations get their basis from the laws passed by the Alabama legislature. Alabama does not title watercraft.

You must be a resident of Autauga County to have vehicles registered here. You have 20 calendar days from the date of purchase to register your vehicle; failure to do so will result in a $15.00 penalty plus interest. The Probate Office accepts the following methods of payment only: cash, check, and money orders. We do not accept out of state checks, unless you are an active member of the military.

To register a vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs., or more, a completed Schedule 2290 form (obtainable from the Internal Revenue Service) must be presented at the Probate Department.

IN ORDER TO REGISTER A VEHICLE THAT IS TITLED FOR THE FIRST TIME THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED:

1. TITLE

(a) An original title properly executed by the seller to the new owner (new owner must be present) or
(b) Title application completely filled out to the new owner or
(c) Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (new owner must be present) or
(d) Title in new owners name.
(e) Effective October 1, 2015 all titles will need to reflect the owner’s legal name as shown on their Driver’s License ID. This includes financed vehicles.

When transferring ownership on a title, the purchaser(s) must be present to sign the title application unless they give someone
Power of Attorney for them.

Vehicles with a lien require the following: copy of original title, lien holders complete names and mailing addresses, and the loan account number and loan date.

2. BILL OF SALE
(a) Cost of vehicle and date of sale
(b) Full description of the vehicle
(c) Complete name and address of the new owner
(d) Trade-in allowance, if any
(e) A breakdown of the sales tax paid. (This is required when purchased from a dealer. It must show the percent and amount of State, County and City tax paid. If all sales tax has not been paid we collect a percentage based on location of residency)
(f) Signature of buyer and seller

3. INSURANCE
According to Alabama law a vehicle must have a minimum of liability insurance on it before it may be registered. The signature placed upon the registration receipt will indicate that the information shown on the receipt is correct and that the vehicle is correct and that the vehicle is properly insured. Proof of insurance document is required.

4. DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
Alabama law requires the owner as listed on the title/registration to provide his/her drivers license or non-driver identification number. Companies registering vehicles are required to provide their federal employer identification number (FEIN)

ALL VEHICLES THAT ARE OLDER THAN 35 YEARS REQUIRE #2, #3 AND #4 AS SHOWN ABOVE.

Anytime the Probate Office applies for a first time Alabama title on a vehicle, the vehicle will need to be here for inspection. Vehicles will not be inspected after 3:30 or in inclement weather.

Vehicle Renewal Schedule

After the vehicle has been registered the annual renewal month for your tag is as follows
Renewal MonthFirst Letter of Last Name
JanuaryA & D
FebruaryB
MarchC & E
AprilF, G & N
MayH & O
JuneM & I
JulyP & L
AugustJ, K & R
SeptemberQ, S & T
OctoberU, V, W, X, Y & Z
October/NovemberNational Guard, Commercial & Fleet Vehicles

All vehicles in Alabama are personal property. The tax on this property is paid in advance from time of registration until your renewal month. Taxes on new vehicles are deferred until your subsequent renewal month.

To expedite tag renewal, Autauga County Residents must provide one of the following items: renewal notice,
previous year?s tag registration or tag number. New Autauga County Residents should provide proof of residency for Autauga County and one of the following items: renewal notice from the previous Alabama Court or title of the vehicle for which registration is needed.

PENALTY SCHEDULE

  • Failure to renew your tag in your renewal month results in $15.00 plus interest penalty.
  • Failure to transfer a purchased vehicle within 20 calendar days results in a $15.00 penalty.
  • Failure to register a vehicle within 30 days of an individual moving into the State with a valid out-of state license results in a $15.00 penalty.

AD VALOREM TAX VOUCHER
(Beginning date: August 2000)

In order to receive a voucher, one of the following criteria must be met:

  1. selling of a vehicle
  2. trading of a vehicle
  3. total destruction of a vehicle
  4. theft without recovery or other transfer.

You must provide documents to support the above criteria:

  1. Casual sale or trade…affidavit of buyer and address
  2. Sale or trade to license dealer…dealer’s bill of sale
  3. Theft of vehicle…report from law authority
  4. Lease trade-in…odometer statement
  5. Statement from insurance of company stating date of total loss

In addition

  1. The voucher can only be issued to the registered owner and proof of identification must be provided
  2. The credit can be applied to pay the ad valorem tax on another vehicle.
  3. Alabama law sets the eligibility time period to receive a credit voucher 1 year from sale or other transfer date.
  4. The voucher may only be redeemed in the county where it is issued.
  5. The voucher can only be transferred by the owner to their spouse or dependent child.

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