License Plates in Alabama
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local MVD office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees, $2 for standard plates. The fee is $23 for cars and $15 for motorcycles.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Standard, Standard Disability Access, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Disability Access, Truck and Trailer, Permanent Trailer Plate and Apportioned.
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Cattleman, Forests, Amateur Radio, Barber Vintage,- for Auto and Motorcycle, Breast Cancer Research, Cahaba River, Children's Trust Fund of Alabama, Choose Life/Support Adoption, Curing Childhood Cancer, Ducks Unlimited, Educators Plate, Environmental, Farming Feeds, Fire Fighter, Forever Wild, Fraternal Order of Police, God Bless America, Helping Schools, Helping Uninsured Children, Rescue Squad, Save the Saturn V, Shriners, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Support the Arts, Vintage Vehicle, Vintage Motorcycle, Wildlife Federation, Collegiate, Military and Generic Race Plates.
Annual License Plates
Alabama's Motor Vehicle Division also issues annual plates valid only for one year every October. The list includes: Truck/Trailer, Farm Truck/Trailer, Forest Truck, Motor Home, Ambulance/Hearse, Commercial Bus, Taxi, Semi Trailer, Rental Trailer, Manufacturer, Dealer, Dealer Motorcycle, Consular Official, For Hire, Limited and Cotton Module.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Tag Fee Schedule.
Note: For disabled drivers, you will be required to fill out the application for disability access parking privileges.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Alabama Law, you must retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The buyer must apply for new plates.