Alabama Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale

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Updated April 13, 2023

An Alabama motor vehicle bill of sale is used to outline the terms of the sale of a vehicle between a buyer and seller. Some counties have their own version requiring either both parties to sign and others that require notarization. Possession of the vehicle and transfer of title should only occur after funds have been transferred by the buyer to the seller. Upon both parties receiving their part of the exchange, the bill of sale should be completed and signed.

Signing RequirementsDepends on the county. For example, Lee County requires a notary public, and in Mobile County the seller (only) is required to sign.

Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form MVT 5-5) – Must be attached if the vehicle is less than 10 years old or below 16,000 pounds.

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County Versions (6)

Baldwin County

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Coffee County

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Lawrence County

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Lee County

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Mobile County

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Morgan County

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Registering a Vehicle

A purchased vehicle is required to be registered within twenty (20) days from the date of sale. For out-of-state sales, the buyer has thirty (30) days (Section 40-12-262(a)). It’s required that vehicles are registered every year and may be Renewed Online depending on the county. When registering, a county official will confirm the VIN and odometer reading (Section 810-5-1-.247).

Where to Register

A vehicle can be registered in person at a Department of Revenue Licensing Office.

Required Documents