All purchased vehicles must be registered within 20 calendar days of purchase to avoid penalty. Alabama law requires all license plates to follow an owner, not the vehicle (except vintage vehicle tags). When an owner sells his or her vehicle, it is the owner’s responsibility to remove the tag from the vehicle, and then when a replacement vehicle is purchased, the owner is responsible for transferring that tag to the new vehicle within 20 days of purchase. **If an owner fails to remove a tag from a vehicle that he or she sells or trades during the current registration year, then the owner must purchase a new tag; a replacement tag cannot be issued.**
Motor vehicle owners may be entitled to a pro rata credit for the taxes paid for the remainder of their current tax year if their vehicles are sold, traded, or reassigned. If one of these instances apply, owners may bring their supporting documents to the Revenue Commission Tag Department and apply for a tax credit voucher within one year.
New Alabama residents are required to transfer out-of-state driver licenses within 30 days of moving to Alabama. Prior to registration, owners may be required to provide their Alabama driver’s licenses or Alabama-issued identification cards and other supporting documents to prove legal residency in this County.