How to Renew Car Registration in Alabama
You must complete a car registration renewal in Alabama each year before your vehicle’s registration documents, including license plates, expire. Failure to renew your Alabama registration in time may result in penalty fees and traffic tickets if a police officer pulls you over. In Alabama, your vehicle’s license plates expire on the last day of your registration month.
Note: If your registration materials are lost but your registration is not expiring soon, you may need to request a duplicate vehicle registration instead.
When your DMV registration renewal period is approaching, your county’s license plate issuing office will send you a reminder notice in the mail. If you do not receive a reminder card, or if the county where you reside does not mail renewal notices to its customers, you must remember to renew your registration credentials before they expire.
Regardless of whether you receive a renewal notice, you are responsible for renewing your registration credentials in a timely manner.
The tag renewal process typically varies depending on the county in which you live. However, many county license plate offices allow you to renew your registration credentials online, in person, by mail or by phone. To learn more about vehicle registration renewal, review the information below.
Renewing DMV Car Registration in Alabama
To complete your annual car registration renewal before it expires, you must first familiarize yourself with the available application methods in the county where you live.
In Mobile County, for instance, you can renew your registration materials online, by phone or by mail. However, these application methods are not available in all parts of the state, as some counties may require you to apply for renewal in person or by mail.
To learn more about available application methods and to get guidance on renewal, download our free guide.
If you can renew your registration online in the county where you reside, you will typically need to provide your Alabama driver’s license number and ADOR record number to begin your online application.
After submitting your online request, you will receive your new registration credentials in the mail. In some counties, you may check vehicle registration status online while you wait for your permanent credentials to arrive.
Note: If you did not receive a renewal notice and cannot provide a record number, however, you may enter your vehicle’s tag (license plate) number.
If you cannot apply for an Alabama car registration renewal electronically in your county, you may be able to complete the AL car registration renewal process by mail. To do so, you will typically need to mail payment for the annual registration fee, your car insurance information and your vehicle’s tag number to your county’s license plate issuing office.
If you did not receive a DMV vehicle registration renewal notice from your local license plate office, you must contact the office before mailing in your application to learn more about the fees you must pay. If you did receive a renewal notice, however, your reminder card will include this fee information.
If you can apply for ADOR registration renewal by phone in the county where you live, you may need to provide your driver’s license or identification card number, automobile insurance policy number, license plate number and credit card number. In some cases, you may also need to mail, email or fax a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card to your county’s license plate issuing office.
If the county where you live requires you to renew your registration credentials in person, you must visit your local license plate office to apply. When completing your car registration check and renewal in person, you will typically need to present your valid automobile insurance card and Alabama driver’s license. You must also provide payment for the annual registration fee.
Learn more about the required documents and get information on how to renew your Alabama car registration in our free guide.