Alabama Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale
A Bill of Sale is a legal document that provides evidence of the transfer of ownership for a specific item or property. It includes transaction details such as the names and addresses of the buyer and seller, item description, condition (if relevant), sale price, and any warranties or guarantees.
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The terms of a vehicle sale between a buyer and seller are outlined in an Alabama motor vehicle bill of sale. Some counties have their version that requires autographs from both parties, while others require authentication. After the purchaser has transferred payments to the vendor, the buyer should take possession of the vehicle and transfer the title. The sale document should be completed and signed once both parties have received their portions of the trade.

If the vehicle is less than 10 years old or weighs less than 16,000 pounds, an Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MVT 5-5) must be attached.

Signing Requirements - The purchaser and the vendor have to sign the bill of sale before it's legally binding.

Vehicle Registration

A newly purchased car must be registered within twenty (20) days of purchase. The buyer has thirty (30) days for out-of-state sales (Section 40-12-262(a)). Vehicle registration is necessary every year and can be done online depending on the jurisdiction. When registering, a county official will verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) and odometer reading (Section 810-5-1-.247).

Where Should I Register?

A car can be registered physically at a Licensing Office of the Department of Revenue.

Documents Required

  • Odometer Disclosure Statement; Bill of Sale (Form MVT 5-5)

  • Certificate of Title (if you don't have one, you can get one through the Title Portal);

  • A valid driver's license is required.

  • An authorized vehicle power of attorney is required if someone else is registering the vehicle on the owner's behalf.

  • Registration charges;

  • Evidence of insurance that meets the following minimum requirements:

    • $25,000 physical wound/person/accident

    • $50,000 combined physical wound/accident

    • $25,000 belonging destruction/accident or a combined single limit of $75,000/accident