Alabama Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
To find out whether or not you are required to attend a motorcycle course, contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Driver License Vision at 334-242-4400. You can also speak to a customer service agent at a local DPS office, or send a written letter to the Department:

Driver License PO Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
The state of Alabama requires all motorcycle driving licensed riders to wear a helmet. You must have head gear on that meets the Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. You may also choose to wear gloves and ear buds to protect your hands and your ears from loud, outside noise. The Alabama Department of Public Safety also advises motorcycle riders wear layers of protective clothing to help avoid serious injury in the event of a crash.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Residents of Alabama with expiring car registrations must renew car registration by the end of the month corresponding to their last name. Reasons why an Alabama resident may not be allowed to obtain a car registration renewal include:

  • No proof of insurance
  • Unpaid moving violations
  • Past the expiration date ($15 late fee)

To learn more about how to renew car registration, contact your local Department of Revenue office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Once you submit an official address change request with the Alabama DMV, the DMV will update all your records that apply to your motor vehicle. However, if you choose to hold on to your original car registration documentation and only request a duplicate drivers license, then two different addresses will appear on the document. Nonetheless, your car registration will be updated in the DMV s system to your new residential address.

When you renew car registration, the new document will have the new address printed on it.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
Residents of Alabama are required to have car insurance to operate motor vehicles in Alabama. Additionally, you must have car insurance that is registered within Alabama. If you recently moved to Alabama from another state, you must cancel your previous insurance and get car insurance within Alabama.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, the state of Alabama makes it mandatory for commercial drivers to visit a local Department of Public Safety for drivers license renewal. Prior to heading to a nearby DPS office, make sure to bring the proper form of payment with you for applicable fees, along with any required documentation.

If you have a hazmat endorsement on your Alabama commercial driving license, you may need to fulfill additional requirements such as the following:

  • A background check
  • Fingerprint collecting

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
If you live in Alabama and would like to check your driving record, you must do so either by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office.

Online driving record checks are not available at this time. To request a police record by mail, print and complete a Driving Record Request and mail it to the following address:

Driving Record Request

Driver License Division

PO Box 1471

Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

Can I take the DMV written test online?
In Alabama, you must take your written drivers test in person at your local AL DPS office. Schedule an appointment in advance to avoid long waiting times or any delay. An appointment can be made up to two weeks ahead of time. Your written test will consist of the following subjects:

  • Traffic laws
  • Road signs and rules
  • Safe driving

At the time of your text, you will be required to pay a small fee of $5 (may vary). Checks are not accepted as a form of payment.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
If you have been issued an AL CDL license for interstate commerce, then you are legally authorized to operate a commercial vehicle from state to state. However, you must abide by the road rules and DMV regulations of whichever location you are traveling through. Additionally, your Alabama license must be valid and current in order to operate a CDL vehicle.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Vehicles owners are responsible for renewing car registrations if going in person to a Department of Revenue registration office. However, if you receive a car registration renewal notice, you can have somebody else renew on your behalf with the notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Do boats need to be registered?
All mechanically propelled vessels must be registered in Alabama. First confirm the length of your boat. Boats are divided into classes based on length as follows:

  • Class I: Less than 16 feet
  • Class II: 16 feet to less than 26 feet
  • Class III: 26 feet to less than 40 feet
  • Class IV: 40 feet and above

Fees to register boats are as follows:

  • Class I: $18
  • Class II: $23
  • Class III: $73
  • Class IV: $98

All new boat registrations will also come with a $2 issuance fee. Fees may vary.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Yes, you are required to obtain a motorcycle license endorsement in Alabama. Motorcycle licenses are required when operating a motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle for a rider and does not have more than three wheels. This does not include a tractor.

The state regards a moped as a motor-driven cycle. A motor-driven cycle restricted license can be obtained by riders who are at least 14 years old, and it is good for four years. Once you have reached the age of 14, you can exchange this restricted license for a regular motorcycle license

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Having to enroll in traffic courses or defensive driving classes for a speeding ticket varies case by case. If you do need to attend, traffic classes must be approved by the Department of Public Safety.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Most states require drivers to have car insurance that is specific to the state the driver resides in. If you are moving out of Alabama, it is recommended that you contact the Department of Revenue in the state you are moving to. Ask a representative about the minimum liability car insurance laws for that state.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
While it is not a requirement for Alabama drivers dealing with lost or stolen drivers licenses to file a police report, it is recommended by the Alabama DMV. To report a lost or stolen drivers license, visit a local law enforcement office and ask to file a police report. Once you have done so, take a copy of the police report to a local AL DMV office and replace drivers license documentation. The DMV will place the police report on file for identity theft prevention purposes.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
While it is not a requirement to report lost or stolen car registrations to law enforcement officials, it is recommended. To do so, file a police report at the local law enforcement agency. Then, bring the police report along with a completed Application For Replacement Credentials to an AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
No, you are not required to surrender your license plate when moving. The exceptions are when getting new car insurance or getting a new type of license plate, like a personalized tag. You must also surrender any plates you find that have been reported lost, damaged or stolen.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
In Mississippi, if you are in the process of getting drivers permit, you must present completion of a drivers ed course. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Fulfill 30 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and have your parent or legal guardian sign the form provided by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) that certifies your driving log.
  2. Complete a State Department of Education (SDE) approved drivers ed course and submit the form provided by the Department.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Yes, you must surrender the damaged car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
Yes, you must surrender damaged license plates and/or car registration when applying to replace car registrations. If the registration is damaged to the point that it cannot be surrendered, submit a notarized statement claiming so.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Registering motorized scooters in Alabama should be treated the same as motorcycle registration. To register motorcycles in the state, you must apply through the Alabama DMV. Registering motorcycles requires the vehicle title, a registration fee, processing fee and any documents supporting your claim to ownership. Vehicles must be registered within 20 days of purchase. To learn more about how to register motorcycles, visit a local AL DMV office. There is currently no option to register motorcycles online.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Alabama DMV law does not require vehicles to undergo an emissions test prior to registration. To apply for a car registration in Alabama, visit a local AL DMV office. Car registrations can be obtained in person with the proper documentation and DMV car registration fees.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
All drivers who operate vehicles in Alabama are required to have the minimum liability car insurance. If you are found to be driving without minimum liability insurance, you will receive fines and/or drivers license suspensions.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
The state of Alabama now offers a veteran designation on a drivers license. You must be able to present proof of military service and discharge at the time of your application. To inquire about a veteran notation on your identification card, call the Alabama Department of Public Safety at 334-242-4400. You can also speak to a customer service representative at a DPS location for further clarification.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
You can get a copy of the Alabama Driver Manual by visiting the Department of Public Safety website. Download a version by clicking on this link. The manual includes detailed information about the following topics, among others:

  • License Requirements
  • Graduated Driver Licensing
  • Commercial Driving
  • Alabama Point System
  • Traffic Laws
  • Road Signs and Signals
  • Safe Driving

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
Alabama drivers can pay traffic fines online, by mail, in person or by phone. If you have a traffic ticket, look at the back for payment details. Keep in mind that traffic tickets need to be paid to the county that the traffic ticket was issued in not necessarily the county you live in. To pay traffic fines online, visit the Alabama Traffic Service Center website and click on the county you received the traffic fines in.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

How can I renew my drivers license?
Residents of Alabama who need to renew expired drivers licenses can initiate a drivers license renewal online, by mail (limited availability) or in person at a local AL DMV office. You can renew drivers licenses up to 60 days before the license expiration date. Additionally, Alabama allows a 60-day grace period after the expiration date during which the expired drivers license is still valid. You must renew licenses before the grace period is over to avoid late fees.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
You have the option to process car registration renewal by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office. Many counties also offer the option to renew car registrations online (check your county licensing website to see if you are able to renew car registration online). To find out how to renew car registration by mail, refer to the car registration renewal notice mailed out to you prior to the expiration date. To renew in person, visit a local car tag and title office with your driver s license, renewal notice and current registration. There is an annual fee for renewing car registrations in Alabama.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
Drivers can transfer their out of state car registration to Alabama by applying for a new Alabama car registration. To qualify for an Alabama vehicle registration, drivers must make sure that their car can pass a vehicle inspection and have has liability car insurance.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
The process of how to get a CDL license in Alabama involves visiting a DPS branch and completing these steps:

  • Pass a written knowledge exam.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass a CDL road skills test.

Depending on the CDL endorsement you are applying for, you may be required to take more than one knowledge exam. For example, a hazmat endorsement on your CDL license requires the applicant to undergo a background check and fingerprint collecting as well.

You must also be prepared to present certain documentation, such as proof of identity, proof of Social Security Number and your current DOT medical certificate. The application process is finalized with the proper payment for your AL CDL application fee.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
Disabled residents apply for handicap placards with the Alabama DMV. To apply for handicap placards, print and complete a Handicap Placard Application. The form must be completed by a licensed physician before a handicap permit/handicap tag can be issued. Handicap parking is available to residents with both temporary and permanent disabilities. Handicap Placard Applications must be submitted in person at a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

How do I apply for a drivers license?
When applying for a regular AL drivers license, residents are obligated to visit a DPS office. During your visit, you are required make the following steps:

  • Present certain documentation to prove your identity and status in the country
  • Pass a vision test
  • Submit payment for the application fee
  • Show proof of car insurance and car registration (if requested)

Only documents that are original or certified copies will be accepted. There must be no markings on the paper, and the writing must be legible.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
Alabama follows a Graduated Driver Licensing program that consists of three different stages:

  • Learners Permit (Stage I)
  • Restricted License (Stage II)
  • Regular License (Stage III)

To get a learners permit in Alabama, you must be at least 15. Upon visiting an AL DPS branch, you will be asked to:

  • Pass a written knowledge exam.
  • Submit payment for the license fee.

When getting your restricted drivers license, which you can only do so at 16, the following must be completed:

  • Pass a road skills test
  • Submit payment for the license fee

Once you have reached 17 and have maintained your restricted license for at least six months, you can then apply for a standard license.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
In order to obtain an Alabama motorcycle license, you must visit a local DPS office for instructions. You will need to bring proper documentation, as well as payment for the application fee.

If you are 14, you may apply for a special, restricted permit that allows you to operate a motor-driven cycle only. This license will be good for four years. Once you have reached the age of 16, you can switch your license to a standard class M.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Residents of Alabama who have recently had a changing address when moving must notify various Alabama departments of address changing within 30 days of moving. Residents asking themselves “How do I change my address with my insurance?” can do so by printing and completing a Department of Insurance Notice of Address Change. Once completed, submit the address change form to the following address:

AL Department of Insurance

Producer Licensing Division

PO Box 303351

Montgomery, AL 36130-3351

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

How do I change my address on my car registration?
To change car registration addresses in Alabama, go to your local Department of Revenue office with proof of your new address. Depending on your vehicle, the car registration duplicate fees will vary.

To learn more about how to change address on registrations, contact a Department of Revenue office near you.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
To change addresses on CDLs, commercial drivers submit an address change request with the following details to the address below:

  • Full name
  • Drivers license number
  • New address

Driver License Division

P. 0. Box 1471

Montgomery, Alabama 36102

If you are changing address on CDL, you will need to order a CDL replacement in person at an AL DMV office. Ask the DMV official how to change addresses on CDLs and what the specific requirements are to complete a commercial drivers license address change.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Drivers in Alabama wondering how to change addresses on drivers license can do so by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office. Residents have 30 days from the date of their move to submit a DMV address change form or letter.

To change address on DMV records, submit a letter with the following details to the address below:

  • Full name
  • Drivers license number
  • New address

Driver License Division

P. 0. Box 1471

Montgomery, Alabama 36102

To have the DMV change address on licenses, residents must visit a local DMV office in person. A duplicate license fee will apply to receive a license with your new address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Residents who have recently moved and would like to update addresses on identification card can do so either by mail (if no replacement is necessary) or in person at a local AL DMV office (if a replacement is necessary).

To submit an official address change to the DMV by mail, submit a letter with the following details to the address below:

  • Full name
  • Drivers license number
  • New address

Driver License Division

P. 0. Box 1471

Montgomery, Alabama 36102

If you choose to change your address in person at a DMV office, you must provide DMV officials with your previous ID card and new address. Additionally, residents changing addresses on ID cards must pay a replacement ID card fee. Identification card address change fees are $36.25 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To legally change your name, print and complete a Request for Name Change form from the Alabama Department of Insurance (DOI). Residents must notify the DOI within 30 days of their legal name change.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
If you are wondering how to change names on car registrations in Alabama, you need to first go about changing names on drivers license credentials. This can be done in the same visit.

Bring your old driver s license and car registration papers, along with the official proof of the name change:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Drivers in Alabama seeking a name change on drivers licenses must first submit a name change request with the Social Security Administration (SSA). To do so, visit the SSA website to figure out which proof of name changing documents you will need to present.

Requirements to change names with the SSA include proof of identity, proof of name change and proof of U.S. citizenship (or residency). Once you have gathered the documents, print and complete an Application for Social Security. Then, visit your local SSA office to finish the process to change names.

Once you have filled out the necessary name change forms with the SSA, you can go about initiating a name change for drivers licenses. A DMV name change request must be completed in person at a local AL DMV office.

Bring proof of the name change:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce documentation
  • Court order

A name change on licenses will also require you to pay duplicate license fees.

To learn more about how to change name on drivers licenses, contact your local DMV office.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To make an ID card name change, you must first complete an official name change with the SSA.

The legal name change process with the SSA requires the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of the official name change
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (or residency)

From there, print and complete an Application for Social Security. Once you have gathered all the documents on the name change checklist, visit a local SSA office to finish the process to change names.

Residents wondering how to change name on identification cards need to submit an identification card name change request in person an AL DMV office. You will need to present official name change documents, as well as pay the replacement ID card fee. Proof of name changes include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court order
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
The steps to change names start by updating your records with the Social Security Administration. You must show:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of name change.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (or residency).

With the documents, print and complete an Application for Social Security, and then submit the documents in person at your local Social Security Office.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
The Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) makes it illegal for any state DMV to release information about an individual to a third party without proper authorization or the express permission of the individual whose information is being disclosed. If you believe there has been an illegal police record check under your name, contact local law enforcement to process a fraud police report.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
To file a police report for a stolen car registration, go to the police station. Once the report has been filed, bring the copy to a local AL DMV office and you may have the replacement fees waived.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
If you live in Alabama and to report a stolen car title, go to a local law enforcement office. Once completed, bring a copy of the police report to an AL DMV office to apply for duplicate car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Residents of Alabama who would like a copy of their driving record can apply for one by printing and completing a Driving Record Request form. DMV driving record requests are processed through the Alabama DMV by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office. There is a fee to check driving records. Mail drivers record requests to the following address:

Driving Record Request

Driver License Division

PO Box 1471

Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
In order to get an ID card replacement, an Alabama resident must visit a nearby Department of Public Safety branch. Make sure to bring the following documents with you for issuance of a STAR ID:

  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity and date of birth
  • Two proofs of Alabama residency
  • Legal status in the United States

You will also need to submit payment for any necessary fees.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
Alabama does not currently have a hardship license policy.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Residents of Alabama who are active-duty military members stationed out of state and need to replace drivers licenses can do so by mail. Print and complete an Application for a Renewal or Duplicate License (Out-of-state). Include a copy of your military ID, current military orders and the duplicate drivers license fee of $36.25 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
Alabama judges can give drivers the option of attending traffic school or a defensive driving course to dismiss a ticket. This option is given at the discretion of the court. Traffic courses must be approved by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
Residents of Alabama wondering how to check driving records of other Alabama residents must meet the requirements of individuals and organizations. For instance, government agencies, insurance companies and legitimate business agents are authorized to request a driving record. To check police records at the DMV for other individuals, print and complete a Request for Motor Vehicle Record Containing Personal Information.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To replace car registration, print and complete an Application for Replacement Credentials. With this form, you can also request license plate and decal duplicates. Once completed, send the form and duplicate car registration fee to a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
To apply for a duplicate car title, print and complete an Application for Replacement Title and submit it to the DMV office. The application should also be submitted with the $15 car title copy fee (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Drivers in Alabama dealing with stolen, damaged or lost drivers licenses should apply for a drivers license replacement at a local AL DMV office. To replace drivers licenses, you will need to provide proof of identity to DMV officials and proof of your Social Security number. The fee to replace licenses in Alabama is $36.25.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To apply for a salvage car title, print and complete an Application For Salvage Certificate of Title. On the form, indicate whether you are selling the car for parts or restoring it. To rebuild vehicles, you will need to apply for a rebuilder s license. If that is the case, contact the Alabama Department of Revenue at:

Alabama Department of Revenue

License Tax Section

P.O. Box 327550

Montgomery, AL 36132

Phone: (334) 353-7827

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

How do I obtain car registration?
Residents of Alabama looking to obtain new car registration can apply through the Alabama DMV. For a DMV new car registration, inspection is required to ensure the vehicle meets Alabama street legal standards. Registering new cars also requires minimum liability insurance, which Alabama DMV confirms using the Online Insurance Verification System (OIVS). You have 20 days from the date of purchase of a vehicle to register new cars. To learn more about how to register new cars, contact a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
Alabama does not currently have any Habitual Traffic Offender laws. Each traffic violation committed by drivers is treated as its own offense. However, repeat DUI offenders will face harsher penalties for subsequent offenses within a certain time period, including increased fines and suspensions.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Reinstating suspended drivers licenses in Alabama after refusing chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) tests comes with a few requirements. A first offense will result in a 90-day drivers license suspension. Two or more offenses within five years will result in a one-year license suspension. Additionally, refusing a chemical test does not guarantee that a driver will not still be issued a DUI or DWI ticket. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses, visit a local AL DMV office.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Drivers must meet all requirements ordered by the court to reinstate suspended drivers licenses. Penalties vary depending on the action, and could include different types of fees, drivers ed, jail time and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Once you have met all the requirements of a suspended drivers license court mandate, you can apply for license Alabama reinstatement. To find out the requirements in your particular case, submit a Request for Reinstatement Requirements form to the following address:

Driver License Division

P. O. Box 1471

Montgomery, AL 36102

You will receive a list of reinstatement requirements to fulfill.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Currently, Alabama does not have any options for removing points from a driving record. Courts can give drivers the opportunity take a DMV traffic school to have their ticket dismissed at the time of the ticket s issuance. This option is at the discretion of the court. To learn more about how to check driving records, contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

How do I renew my driving permit?
After you have received your AL learner s permit, the next step of the Graduated Driver Licensing program will require you to apply for a restricted license. Once you have reached the age of 16, you can update your license to this version. Take note that applying for a restricted license will require you to pass a road skills test, therefore it is important to study the Alabama Driver Manual and take the Practice Test ahead of time. If you are 16 years old, you must have a parent or legal guardian physically present at the time of your test.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

How do I renew my ID card?
Alabama does not offer the option to renew your identification card online or by mail. Instead, you are required to visit a nearby Department of Public Safety office for the renewal. Payment in the amount of $36.25 will be required for the ID fee. This cost is subject to vary without notice. To find an office near you for the Alabama ID card renewal, visit this link.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Active-duty military members stationed out of state can renew drivers licenses by mail. Complete an Application for a Renewal or Duplicate License (Out-of-state) form. You must include with the drivers license renewal form a copy of your military ID and military orders. Additionally, include the fee of $36.25 for renewing drivers licenses (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
To renew your commercial drivers license medical report, you must visit a certified medical examiner for an appointment and update your records. Your medical certificate can be submitted in a number of ways, including in person, by mail, fax or email.

By Mail:

Alabama DPS Driver License Division CDL Unit, PO Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

Fax: 334-353-1980

Email: cdlmedicalmerger@dps.alabama.gov

Online: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website

If you do not keep your medical certification information up to date, you may face the cancellation of your Alabama commercial driving license.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
In Alabama, you have the option to renew motorcycle licenses online or in person. If you choose to renew online, you will only be able to do so once every eight years. In some instances, such as for individuals in the military, you may be eligible to renew by mail when you submit the proper $36.25 fee (may vary) to this address:

Driver License Unit PO Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

To renew in person, visit a Department of Public Safety office or Probate Judge in your area.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Documents must include either two primary documents or three secondary documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • Primary

o Alabama identification card

o Certificate of naturalization

o U.S. certificate of birth abroad

o Resident alien card

o Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. immigration document

  • Secondary

o Marriage license

o Medical insurance ID

o School ID

o School enrollment form (DL-1/93)

o Certified school record:

o W-2 tax form

o Court documents (i.e. divorce documents, adoption records, name-change documents)

o Valid visa

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Alabama residents dealing with lost or stolen drivers licenses while out of state may be eligible to replace driving licenses by mail under certain circumstances. Eligible individuals include:

  • Active-duty military members stationed out of state and their dependents
  • Alabama residents attending out-of-state schools
  • CDL holders
  • Residents who have received Alabama licenses in the past four years and have their picture and signature on file with the DMV

To replace Alabama DMV drivers licenses while out of state, print and complete an Application for a Renewal or Duplicate License (Out-of-State). Include with the form a copy of military ID or student ID (where applicable). If you are a commercial driver applying for a duplicate CDL, complete a Self-Certification Affidavit and mail that with the application, along with the duplicate drivers license fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
Drivers in Alabama wondering “how do I transfer car titles to another state?” need to take the out-of-state car title and car registration to the DMV. In addition, you must apply for an Alabama driver s license. Car title transfers from Alabama to another state do not require drivers to surrender their license plates.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you lost the original title for car ownership, you must first apply for a car title replacement. To do so, print and complete an Application for Replacement Title and submit it to a license issuing office. Once you have received your replacement title, you can transfer car titles.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

How do I transfer my car title?
Alabama residents buying a car from a dealer will have the car title transfer taken care of at the dealership. However, residents who buy a car from a private seller must visit a license issuing office with the required documentation to transfer titles. Buyers transferring car titles should make sure the person selling a car fills out the required portions of the Title Certificate, as well as supplying them with a Bill of Sale.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
The process to get RV titles in Alabama is the same as other motor vehicles.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
If you are a serviceman or servicewoman in the military, the requirements for getting a motorcycle license will be the same as it is for any other individual. Applicants must make a visit to their local Department of Public Safety branch with the proper documents in hand, along with payment for a license fee. You must present two forms of identification, one of which must have a photograph. Proof of your Social Security Number will also be required.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

How does the DMV check my vision?
When applying for drivers licenses, a vision screening exam will be conducted at the DPS office. If the exam shows that you need to wear corrective lenses while driving, you will be required to do so every time you operate a motor vehicle. In the event that you do not pass this exam, you must visit a licensed eye specialist for further review. Your eye specialist is responsible for sending written report of his or her conclusions to the DMV after an in-office screening is completed.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
In order to apply for a standard drivers license, you must first have held your Alabama permit for driving, followed by your restricted license for a certain period of time. These time frames are listed below:

  • Learner s Permit (Stage 1) Must be at least 15
  • Restricted License (Stage II) Must be at least 16
  • Standard License Must be at least 17 and have held your restricted license for at least six months. However, if you are 18, you can apply for a standard license right away.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The Alabama Department of Revenue does not currently allow drivers to apply for a car title replacement online. Replacing car titles takes place in person at an AL DMV office or by mail with an Application for Replacement Title. Applications must be submitted with the $15 car title copy fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
If you refuse to submit to a chemical test when requested by a law enforcement official, you face drivers license suspension. For a first offense, driving license suspension lasts 90 days. For two or more offenses, you will receive a suspended drivers license for one year.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
With questions about how long it takes to receive a new identification card, contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety. When you apply for ID cards, you may also speak to a customer service representative in person and inquire more. No appointment is necessary for ID card requests.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
Drivers issued traffic violations will receive demerit points on their DMV driving record depending on the infraction. Once you receive a certain number of points on your drivers record within a two-year period, you will receive an automatic license suspension. The schedule of license suspension points is as follows:

  • 12 to 14 points in two years: 60-day suspension
  • 15 to 17 points in two years: 90-day suspension
  • 18 to 20 points in two years: 120-day suspension
  • 21 to 23 points in two years: 180-day suspension
  • 24 and above points in two years: one year suspension

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
There is no option for drivers in Alabama to take a traffic school course to reduce the amount of points on their driving record. However, if you elect to take your traffic ticket to court, you may be allowed to take a defensive driving course to have the ticket dismissed. This option is not available for all individuals and is administered at the judge s discretion.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
To request a name change on car registrations, first process a legal name change with the SSA. Once completed, you need to update your drivers license. In the same visit, you can then request a name change on your car registration. The fee for a replacement car registration is $2.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
If you are wondering how to change name on car titles, you must first submit a name change request with the SSA. From there, submit a name change request with the Alabama DMV to receive a new drivers license. Once you have your new license, present it to DMV officials along with name change documentation such as:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce documentation
  • Court order for the name change request

To proceed with the car title name change, you must pay the car title replacement fee of $15.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The final step to change names with the Alabama DMV is to pay for the replacement fees of the document(s) that are updated:

  • Drivers license/Motorcycle license replacement: $36.25
  • CDL license: between $36.25 and $66.25 depending on license class
  • ID card: $36.25
  • Vehicle registration: $2

Keep in mind that a driver s license and ID card must be updated first.

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
In Alabama, your commercial driving license must be renewed every four years in person at a Department of Public Safety branch. At the time of your appointment, make sure to have payment ready for any applicable fees.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Drivers in Alabama who would like to initiate a drivers licenses renewal prior to the expiration date can do so online or in person at a local AL DMV office. The Alabama DMV allows drivers to renew driving licenses up to 60 days before the expiration date. Additionally, there is a 60-day grace period to renew expired drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
Alabama residents with a recently deceased spouse or family member who have received a vehicle as inheritance must transfer car titles to their name. To do so, submit the signed certificate of title along with an Affidavit for Assignment of Title for a Vehicle From a Deceased Owner form (if the estate does not require probate) to a license issuing office. If the estate requires a probate, contact the Department of Revenue for instructions on transferring car titles.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes, to renew expired car registrations incurs a $15 late fee. If you are stopped by law enforcement officials and found to be driving with an expired car registration, you may receive additional fines.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Filing a police report prior to applying to replace DMV drivers licenses is not a requirement in Alabama. It will also not result in the drivers license replacement fee being waived. However, the Alabama DMV recommends all drivers file police reports prior to applying to replace driving licenses for identity theft protection purposes. After filing a report, supply the DMV with a copy to keep on file.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If you have been in a car accident in Alabama, all drivers must provide evidence of insurance for cars involved in the accident. Additionally, you must report property damage that is in excess of $250. To report property damage, submit an Accident Report to the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

For more information: How To: Save on Alabama Auto Insurance

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Drivers in Alabama are required to have Alabama car insurance if the vehicle is registered in Alabama. To get car insurance, check out online car insurance quotes.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
If you lost your traffic ticket, visit the Alabama Traffic Service Center website. Drivers will find the traffic ticket price and the different ways of paying traffic tickets.

Paying traffic tickets online incurs an additional service fee.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you are a military member, you have the option to request an Alabama duplicate ID card by mail. Get in touch with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Driver License Division at 334-242-4400. You may also reach them by mail when writing to the address below:

Driver License PO Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Drivers in Alabama who have received a suspended drivers license as a result of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) must wait for their drivers license suspension period to end. Once it has ended, they must pay the required fee to reinstate suspended drivers licenses. Additionally, they must submit an SR22 Insurance form as proof of financial responsibility. To learn how to get SR22 forms, contact your car insurance provider. Additional requirements may be needed to reinstate your suspended driving licenses. Driving with a suspended drivers license can result in a revoked drivers license, as well as arrests and additional fines.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Alabama residents who have lost their car registrations can replace lost car registrations through the Alabama DMV. To do so, print and complete an Application for Replacement Credentials. From there, present the application form to DMV officials at a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
In Alabama, you can begin the process of applying for a commercial driving license when you are 18. However, in order to engage in interstate commerce (across state lines), you must be at least 21. Other requirements for a CDL license include passing the following tests:

  • Vision test
  • Written knowledge exam
  • CDL road skills test

Your road skills test will consist of three sections:

  1. Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection
  2. Basic Vehicle Control
  3. On-Road Testing

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, there isn t an age limit to renew Class D licenses. However, if during the process of renewing drivers licenses it becomes apparent there is physical or mental impairment, the Alabama DMV can require applicants to retake the written, vision and/or driving tests. Drivers who fail to meet these requirements will have their drivers licenses revoked.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Alabama law requires drivers to provide proof of car registration whenever they are asked by law enforcement officials. As a result, it is recommended that you keep car registration in the vehicle at all times. Car registration documentation is provided at the time of registration fee payment.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
The DMV provides drivers with temporary drivers license after requesting a drivers license replacement. Your drivers license copy will arrive within two weeks. If you have not received the duplicate drivers license within that time, contact a local AL DMV office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Standard license renewal rules also apply to senior citizens in Alabama. A drivers license is valid for four years in the state before you are required to complete the renewal process. You can apply sixty days prior to the expiration date of your license, with a grace period of up to sixty days thereafter. AL allows drivers to renew their drivers license in one of three ways:

  • Online
  • By Mail
  • In Person

You must meet certain criteria in order to be qualified for license renewal online or by mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
There are a number of situations in which a person must transfer titles of cars in Alabama:

  • Buy a new car
  • Buy a used car
  • Sell a new car
  • Sell a used car
  • Donate vehicle to charity
  • Inherit a vehicle

To find out more about how to transfer car titles, visit a license issuing office.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Drivers in Alabama can receive a drivers license suspension for a number of reasons. Common reasons for suspended drivers licenses include the following:

  • Habitual traffic offenses/reckless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Drag racing
  • Failure to appear for court date
  • Failure to pay fines
  • Not paying child support
  • DUI/DWI

Drivers can reinstate suspended drivers licenses through the Department of Public Safety after serving their suspension period.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
The state of Alabama allows individuals as young as 14 to apply for a restricted motorcycle driving license, known as the motor-driven cycle license. This particular license is issued to individuals who are between the ages of 14 and 15. You must be able to show proof that you are enrolled in school or have graduated. Proof of identity, along with a Social Security card and payment for a testing fee will also be required. personal checks are accepted for payment.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Alabama has six types of endorsements for commercial licenses:

  • H endorsement Haztmat
  • X endorsement Hazmat and Tank
  • S endorsement School buses
  • T endorsement Double/triple trailers
  • P endorsement Passenger vehicles
  • N endorsement Tank vehicles

In order to obtain a commercial driving license, you must make an in-person visit at your local DPS office.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Residents of Alabama with suspended or revoked drivers licenses are prohibited from operating motor vehicles anywhere in the country for the duration of their suspension/revocation period. Drivers with a suspended driving license will receive a fine between $100 and $500, along with up to 180-days jail time. You may also have your suspension period extended for six months.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

What are the different types of driving records?
Alabama residents looking to check driving records can do so either by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office. There is currently no option for online driving records. Residents checking driving records have a choice between a three-year driving record, a full history driver abstract, and a crash report. A fee is associated with each police record check.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
A new Alabama DMV ID card costs a $36.25 fee. Be aware that checks are not accepted as a method of payment. Applying for an ID card will require you to stop by your local DPS branch with payment and proper documentation.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
Alabama drivers looking to replace stolen drivers licenses can do so in person at a local AL DMV office. Drivers must also pay the $36.25 drivers license copy fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Alabama driving restrictions vary, depending on the type of drivers license you currently hold. See the restrictions for each stage below:

  • Learners Permit A driver with this license is only authorized to drive with a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who is 21 or older in the vehicle with them. The passenger must be seated in the front seat, next to the driver.
  • Restricted License A driver with this license is only authorized to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. with a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who is 21 or older in the vehicle with them. You are also allowed to drive during these hours if you are going to a school function, religious event, to and from work or for medical/emergency purposes.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
When applying for your AL CDL license, submit these documents related to the medical certifications:

  • Self-Certification Affidavit
  • DOT medical card/certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical waiver (if applicable)

Your current medical card/certificate must be listed in your DMV records before you can be issued a CDL license. You can choose to mail your medical certificate to the address below:

Alabama DPS Driver License Division CDL Unit, PO Box 1471 Montgomery, AL 36102-1471

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
Common reasons for car registration replacement include:

  • Stolen car registration (police report recommended)
  • Lost car registration (police report recommended)
  • Damaged car registration
  • Incorrect car registration

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Drivers with a learner s permit in Alabama who receive traffic ticket fines will be required to hold the learner s permit for an additional six months (or until they turn 18 years old, whichever is first) before they can apply for a full license. A repeat conviction will result in a 60 day drivers license suspension.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
There are numerous penalties that come as a result of a DWI or DUI conviction in Alabama. Drivers convicted of DUIs or DWIs in Alabama will have their drivers licenses automatically suspended. Additionally, a DUI or DWI conviction comes with possible jail time, as well as a court-ordered IID installation in the vehicle once you reinstate suspended drivers license documentation. You will also incur a number of fines if convicted of DWIs or DUIs, ranging from $600 to $10,000 depending on the number of offenses on your record. Drivers can fight DUI convictions by hiring a DUI defense attorney.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fees to reinstate drivers licenses in Alabama depend on whether or not the license was revoked or suspended, as well as the violation that led to the suspension/revocation. For non-alcohol or drug-related offenses, the reinstate suspended drivers license fee is $100. The cost to reinstate revoked drivers licenses in these situations is $175.

For alcohol or drug-related offenses, the reinstatement fee for suspended or revoked drivers license is $275. You will also have to pay an additional fee of $25 if the charge is drug-related. Drivers must also pay an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) issuance fee of $150 if the court orders one.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
If you need to replace lost car titles in Alabama, you can do so by submitting an Application for Replacement Title to a local AL DMV office. The required fee for replacing car titles in Alabama is $15.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
Required fees for a car registration copy vary based on county. The type of vehicle, weight and county taxes determine the cost for vehicle registration replacements.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Fees vary based on the size and weight of the vehicle. Common registration fees are as follows:

  • Passenger vehicles 8,000 pounds or less: $23
  • Motorcycles: $15
  • Personalized plates: $50 (in addition to vehicle annual fee)

Vehicles weighing between 8,001 and 80,000 pounds have an annual car registration renewal fee ranging between $35 and $815. Renewing car registrations for vehicles above 80,000 pounds costs $890 a year. To learn more about how to renew car registrations in Alabama, visit a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
It is Alabama state law to have a motorcycle license to operate a vehicle with a seat or saddle and has three wheels or less.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
As of now, Alabama does not offer hardship licenses. To reinstate suspended drivers licenses, you must meet the requirements of your suspension. Once the requirements are met, you may pay the suspended drivers license reinstatement fees.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you do not pass the road skills test on your first try, you will need to re-take the exam at a later time. Your road test must be taken in a car that is issued to a licensed Alabama driver. That s because should you fail the exam, the licensed driver will then be required to drive the vehicle away from the local DPS office.

The vehicle used for the test must have functioning headlights, direction signals, seat belts, windshield wipers, rear tail lights and more. Prior to taking the test, you will be asked to supply proof of car insurance, car registration and identification documents.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
When applying for a drivers permit, an Alabama resident needs to submit proof of completing a drivers ed course. Additionally, you must have your parent or legal guardian enter his or her signature on the drivers license application to confirm consent is given. Before your request can be processed, you will also need to submit payment for the appropriate fees. Alabama currently charges a fee of $36.25 for a Stage I or Stage II license. This cost is subject to change without notice.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
If you are applying for a motor-driven cycle license, you need to have the following with you:

  • U.S. birth certificate or Alabama ID card
  • Another proof of ID
  • Proof of school enrollment or graduation (if you are 15)
  • Social Security card
  • Payment for $5 testing fee (may vary)
  • Payment for license, $36.25 (may vary)

If you are applying for an AL class M motorcycle license, the following must be presented:

  • Two forms of ID, one of which must contain a photo. If you do not have proof of photo ID, you will be required to submit three identification documents instead.
  • Proof of school enrollment or graduation (if you are younger than 19)
  • Proof of car insurance and car registration (for applicants who are 18 or older)
  • Social Security card
  • Payment for license, $36.25 (may vary)

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
The state of Alabama requires potential drivers to present the following documentation at a local DPS office:

  • Proof of identity:

o Two forms of primary ID, one of which must contain a photo

Or

o Three non-photo forms of primary ID

Examples of primary documents:

o Alabama driver s license or ID card

o Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship

o U.S. Birth Certificate

o U.S. Passport

o Permanent Resident Card

o Valid U.S. immigration document

  • Proof of Social Security Number:

o Social Security Card

o W-2 form

The documents you bring cannot be damaged, torn or marked. Only originals or certified copies are accepted. If you have a notarized document, the notary s seal or stamp must be clearly visible.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
When applying to replace car titles in Alabama, submit an Application for Replacement Title to a local AL DMV office. Additionally, you must also submit the $15 car title replacement fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The documents residents must present when submitting an address change request include proof of identity and proof of residency. Applicable documents for proof of residency include:

  • Current utility bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Mortgage agreement
  • Residency documentation from resident/caregiver (in dual occupancy situations)

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
To make an official address change, non-U.S. citizens must show either two primary documents or three secondary documents. Acceptable papers include:

  • Primary
    • Alabama identification card
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • U.S. certificate of birth abroad
    • Resident alien card
    • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. immigration document
  • Secondary
    • Marriage license
    • Medical insurance ID
    • School ID
    • School enrollment form (DL-1/93)
    • Certified school record:
    • W-2 tax form
    • Court documents (i.e. divorce documents, adoption records, name-change documents)
    • Valid visa

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
When replacing car registrations in Alabama, print and complete an Application for Replacement Credentials. Then bring the form and fee to replace lost car registration to a local AL DMV office. There is currently no option to replace car registration online.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
The required documents necessary for registering cars in Alabama include:

  • Copy of vehicle s title
  • Bill of sale
  • Dealer affidavit (if purchased out of state)
  • Alabama driver s license
  • Proof of insurance
  • Odometer disclosure statement (vehicles under 16,000 pounds and less than 10 years old)
  • Required fee to register car

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Alabama

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
When renewing car registrations, bring the following:

  • DMV registration renewal notice
  • Drivers license
  • Expiring car registration

If your county allows you to renew car registration online, use the PIN printed on your car registration renewal notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
You must bring the following documents and items to renew driver s licenses:

  • Current Alabama drivers license
  • Proof of identity
  • Fee for renewing drivers license ($36.25; fees may vary)

For more information on how to renew drivers licenses, contact an Alabama DMV office near you. Qualified drivers may also have the opportunity to renew drivers license online.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
To transfer car titles in Alabama, required documents include:

  • Car title certificate signed by seller (buyer must complete as well)
  • Car title bill of sale
  • Fee for transfer of title

To learn more about how to transfer car titles, contact the Alabama DPS. Residents wondering where to transfer car titles should visit a license issuing office.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Residents of Alabama who need to replace lost drivers licenses must provide a few documents at a local AL DMV office prior to receiving their drivers license copy. Required documents include:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of your Social Security number
  • Duplicate drivers license fee

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
In Alabama, if you have never been issued a drivers license before and are under the age of 16, you will first be required to obtain a motor-driven cycle license. Before you are issued a regular AL motorcycle license, you will need to pass a vision test, a knowledge exam and a road skills test. However, if you are an out-of-state licensed driver moving to Alabama, you can switch to a motorcycle license by presenting the necessary documentation, including your current license to drive.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Alabama

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
If you have recently had a stolen, damaged or lost car title, you can receive a car title replacement by visiting a local AL DMV office in person. To apply for a duplicate car title, print and complete an Application for Replacement Title prior to visiting the DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
CDL traffic tickets receive harsher penalties and fines, and are reported to both the employer. If you received the traffic citation while out of state, the Department of Public will receive a notice as well. Additionally, certain offenses like a DUI will result in a CDL license suspension anywhere from a year to a lifetime. Refer to the Commercial Driver License Manual for a list of penalties.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
Commercial drivers in AL are prohibited from operating a CDL vehicle if their BAC is .04 percent or more. If you are convicted of a first-time DUI, your commercial driving license will be suspended for at least a year. This suspension period is increased to at least three years if you have an Alabama CDL license with a hazmat endorsement. By Alabama law, you must notify your employer of your conviction within 30 days. There may also be additional penalties that will apply.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you have applied for and received a duplicate car title, the car title replacement becomes your only valid copy. The original car title is void and should be returned to the Department of Revenue if found.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

What information does a driving record contain?
Alabama driver records contain information on all traffic and moving violations, including the points associated. You can check your driving record either by mail or in person at a local AL DMV office.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a government-issued document for non-drivers, mainly used for identity purposes. A standard Alabama identification card contains information such as the following:

  • Your name
  • Your residential address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your ID card number
  • Your physical description
  • Any restrictions
  • Date of issuance

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of a DUI for Alabama residents depends on factors such as the amount of times the driver received DUI tickets and how far over the BAC limit he or she was at the time of the stop. The total cost of a first DUI conviction can range between $600 and $2,100, including a DUI attorney (if you elect to fight DUI charges), suspended drivers license reinstatement and other related fees. Second offenses can run up to $5,100, while three or more offenses can cost upwards of $10,000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
To find out how much a traffic tickets costs, first check the physical traffic ticket. The ticket fine is printed on the front. The price will be listed on the paperwork. To find out the cost of traffic tickets or pay traffic tickets online, visit the Alabama Traffic Service Center website.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

What is the cost to get a driver record?
Driving records cost $5.75 for each request. To look up police records by mail, print and complete a Driving Record Request.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
Commercial drivers in Alabama have stiffer penalties for DUI or DWI violations than drivers with non-commercial licenses. For a first-time DUI offense, CDL holders will receive a drivers license suspension for a minimum of one year. If the commercial was transporting hazardous materials, commercial license will be suspended for three years. A second DUI offense will result in a lifetime ban from commercial driving. The legal alcohol limit for CDL holders is 0.04 percent. Drivers found with any detectable alcohol in their system will be put out of service for 24 hours, even if they are below the legal limit.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
DUI ticket penalties for minors in Alabama are stiffer than they are for drivers who are of age. For a first-time DUI conviction, minors will receive up to one-year jail time, a fine between $600 and $2,100 and a suspended drivers license for at least 90 days. Minors given a second DUI ticket within five years will receive up to a year of jail time (five days minimum), $1,100 to $5,100 in fines and a one-year drivers license suspension.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
Alabama drivers are required to have minimum liability car insurance to operate motor vehicles in the state. The minimum requirements the insurance policy must have are:

  • $25,000 coverage for the death of injury of one person.
  • $50,000 coverage for the death or injury of two or more persons.
  • $25,000 coverage for property damage.

To learn more about how to get car insurance, visit the Alabama Department of Insurance website.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
To get details about the passing score, contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Driver License Bureau at 332-242-4400. When preparing for the test, the following sections:

  • Safe driving
  • Road signs and rules
  • Traffic laws

Upon passing this test and paying the required fee, you will be issued an AL driving permit. Study.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
The process to get scooter or motorcycle titles in Alabama is the same for a regular motor vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

What languages is the written test available in?
The written drivers test can be taken in many languages other than English:

  • Chinese
  • Farsi
  • German
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

If you are unable to comprehend or read a written exam, you can ask to take an oral test instead. Find out more by visiting your local DPS office and speaking to a customer service agent.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Drivers in Alabama who have been issued DWI or DUI citations must wait a certain period of time to reinstate suspended drivers licenses resulting from the incident. A DUI or DWI citation comes with a minimum suspension period based on the number of offenses, which are as follows:

  • First offense: 90 Days
  • Second offense: One year
  • Third offense within five years: three years
  • Fourth or more offenses within five years: five years

Suspended drivers license reinstatements cannot take place until the suspension period is up. Once the time has passed, you must pay the fee to reinstate revoked drivers licenses (minimum $275). You must also get SR22 Insurance forms from your car insurance company and present it to the Alabama DMV as proof of financial responsibility. Additionally, drivers must complete an alcohol awareness program and pass any tests required by the Alabama DMV.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Residents of Alabama found to have the wrong address on their drivers license, car registration or ID cards may face fines. The Alabama DMV requires drivers to notify them within 30 days of changing addresses. If you are wondering what else is needed and how to change my address, on other documents, review the address change checklist available on the Alabama DMV website.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Drivers in Alabama have a 60-day grace period during which their expired drivers licenses are still valid. During this time, you must renew driving licenses to avoid late fees and penalties for driving with an expired drivers license. Additionally, drivers who wait three or more years to renew expired drivers licenses will have to take the written exam and road skills test again.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
Any drivers operating vehicles in Alabama must carry proof of car insurance at all times. Acceptable documentation for proof of car insurance includes:

  • Insurance card issued by the insurance company
  • Declarations page for a liability insurance policy
  • Liability insurance binder
  • Certificate of liability insurance
  • Current rental agreement for the vehicle showing rental company has insurance

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
Alabama residents renewing car registrations in person at a Department of Revenue office will receive new registration documents that same day. Drivers who renew car registrations online or by mail will receive their new auto registration documents in the mail. Keep your receipt from the online purchase as proof of the order until you receive the documents. If you have not received your new registration in a timely manner, contact your local Department of Revenue office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
You should expect to receive renewed license within two weeks. If you have not received your drivers license renewal in that time, contact a local AL DMV office. Out-of-state residents who renew drivers licenses by mail will receive a new license with four weeks.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
If you are 15 and applying for an Alabama learning permit, the state will require you to complete a written knowledge exam. You must pass this test in order to be issued a learner s permit.

To get a restricted license, you must be at least 16 or older. As part of the Stage II requirements in the Graduated Driver Licensing program, you will need to pass a road skills test. This test must be conducted in person at a DMV office, and your parent or legal guardian is required to be physically present if you are 16. Drivers who are 17 or older do not need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of a road skills test.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To be issued a CDL license, you are required to pass a couple of examinations, such as:

  • Written knowledge exam
  • CDL road skills test
  • Vision test

If you apply for a CDL license with a hazmat endorsement, you will also need to comply with the following:

  • Be subject to a background check
  • Submit to fingerprint collecting

You must be a legal resident of the United States in order to apply for a hazmat endorsement.

For more information: Alabama Commercial Driver s License Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
During the different stages of the Graduated Driver Licensing program, applicants must first pass the written knowledge test, followed by a road skills test. If you pass the road skills test, a vision test will be administered.

Drivers with out-of-state drivers licenses will also need to take a vision exam to get a new Alabama driver s license.

In some instances, such as when your AL driving license has been expired for a long period of time, you may be required to re-take a written knowledge exam, and/or a road skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The Alabama Department of Revenue enforces the Mandatory Liability Car Insurance Law throughout the state. The law requires all motorists in the state to get car insurance that meets the mandatory minimum for liability insurance. Check the Mandatory Liability Insurance Law brochure to find out more specifics of the law.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
In Alabama, a Class D license is considered a noncommercial license to operate a private, passenger vehicle. Class M is a noncommercial drivers license for motorcycle riders. In some cases, your license may contain one or more restrictions, such as these:

  • A Corrective lenses
  • E Daylight driver only
  • F Hand controls
  • Y Learner s license
  • J Hearing impaired

For a full list of restrictions, visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety website.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
All drivers in Alabama are required to possess car insurance at all times while operating motor vehicles. Drivers found to be driving without the minimum liability insurance may be charged up to $500 for a first violation and $1,000 for second and subsequent violations. Additionally, drivers can receive a six-month drivers license suspension.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
Alabama residents with suspended drivers licenses will have different license suspension term lengths depending on the offense. Once you have waited the right amount of time and satisfied all other requirements, you can go about reinstating suspended drivers licenses. The Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) processes Suspended drivers license reinstatements.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

When does my car registration expire?
Alabama car registrations have staggered expiration dates based on the first letter of the owner s last name. Renewal months are as follows:

  • Last names starting with A or D: renew in January
  • Last names starting with B: renew in February
  • Last names starting with C or E: renew in March
  • Last names starting with F, G or N: renew in April
  • Last names starting with H or O: renew in May
  • Last names starting with M or I: renew in June
  • Last names starting with P or L: renew in July
  • Last names starting with J, K or R: renew in August
  • Last names starting with Q, S or T: renew in September
  • Last names starting with U, V, W, X, Y or Z: renew in October

Drivers must renew expired car registrations by the end of their corresponding months to avoid late registration fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

When does my ID card expire?
In order to find out when your Alabama ID card will expire, review the expiration date on the document. The state s ID card will be good for a period of four years. The Alabama Department of Public Safety allows residents to renew their identification cards 60 days before it expires. You are also be given a grace period of 60 days after the expiration date to renew the ID card and not face any penalties.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
An address changing must submit an address change request with the DMV within 30 days of moving. The steps to change address with the DMV are fairly easy and require proof of identity, proof of residence and any fees associated with duplicate licenses, ID cards or registrations. To find out where to change your address, check out a local AL DMV office. Address change forms may also be available online at the Alabama DMV website.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Alabama

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
Complete a bill of sale for cars being sold in a private sale. All buyers are required to obtain a bill of sale from sellers as it acts as an official receipt of the sale.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Alabama

When will I need to renew my license?
Alabama drivers wondering when and how to renew drivers licenses should visit a local AL DMV office with their expired drivers license within 60 days of the expiration date. Alabama drivers licenses expire four years after the date of issue. Drivers who renew expired drivers licenses after three or more years will have a new expiration date set four years from the last expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Upon receipt of your lost drivers license application, the Alabama DMV will supply you with a temporary drivers license. Your drivers licenses replacement will arrive in the mail within two weeks.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Alabama Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
Alabama has recently launched a service known as ALVerify that allows Alabama drivers and tag officials to check the status of an Alabama drivers license. To check your drivers license status, visit the ALVerify website and enter your last name, drivers license number and expiration date.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Alabama

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
DMV offices are located in Alabama counties throughout the state. To obtain a car registration copy, print and complete an Application for Replacement Credentials. From there, present the application form to DMV officials at a local AL DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
All Alabama residents who received a first DUI ticket are required to install an Ignition Interlock device (IID) on their vehicle as part of their suspended drivers license reinstatement process. There are three DMV-approved IID providers in Alabama, with contact information as follows:

  • Smart Start Corporate Office

Toll-free: 800-880-3394

Local: 972-621-0252

Fax: 972-915-0562

Email: Info@SmartStartInc.com

  • Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc.

Website: http://www.dsdi4life.com/interlock-xt/

Phone: 866-385-5900

  • Sens-O-Lock of America, LLC

Website: http://www.sensolockamerica.com

Phone: 404-748-4484

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
You can find traffic or parking ticket information online by visiting the Alabama Traffic Service Center website. Select the county you received the ticket in to be taken to the right place. There you can find important information;

  • The cost of traffic tickets
  • How to pay traffic tickets

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

Where can I get a new drivers license?
The process of applying for an Alabama license to drive takes place at a Department of Public Safety branch. In order to receive a new license, follow the steps below:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Submit proper documentation
  • Have payment ready for the application fee

Some vehicles and situations do not require the driver to apply for drivers license:

  • Farm tractor
  • An employee by the federal government who is driving a vehicle that is owned or leased by them
  • A person who has a drivers license in his or her home state or country, such as military members
  • A student in Alabama and who has a license from his or her home state or country

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Alabama

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Alabama residents are able to apply for car title replacements by mail by printing and completing an Application for Replacement Title and mailing it in to the following address:

Alabama Department of Revenue

P.O. Box 327640

Montgomery, AL 36132-7640

Mail the form along with the $15 car title copy fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

Where can I obtain an ID card?
In Alabama, you can visit any DPS office, Probate Judge or License Commissioner Office for the issuance of a DMV ID card. You must have certain documents on hand to prove your identity, Social Security Number, legal status in the country and residency in Alabama.

For more information: How to Apply for an Alabama Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
Residents of Alabama must apply for car insurance for all self-propelled motor vehicles. Vehicles that are exempt from minimum liability car insurance include government-owned vehicles, vehicles covered under commercial insurance policies and trailers. Check with the Alabama Department of Insurance for information on car insurance quotes.

For more information: Alabama Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
When applying for your restricted license (Stage II), your parent or legal guardian will be required to give consent as part of the step-by-step process. If you are 16, a parent or legal guardian must also be present at the time of your road test. Additionally, you must be able to supply your own vehicle when taking the test. Contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety at 332-242-4400 for further information about your application.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Alabama

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Residents of Alabama who have requested to check police records should peruse the document thoroughly upon receipt. In the event that you look up police records and find a mistake, report the error to the Alabama DMV. To do so, contact a local AL DMV office by mail, phone, email or in person.

For more information: Your Alabama Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
No, however, if it becomes apparent that you have a visual impairment or the doctor s note on file is out of date, you may be required to retake a vision test prior to renew your expired drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Alabama does not mail out renewal notices informing residents they must renew licenses. It is up to drivers in the state to remember the expiration date and renew expired drivers licenses before the grace period is over.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Alabama

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes, you will receive demerit points on your DMV driving record depending on the offense. Once you receive a certain number of points on your drivers record within a two-year period, you will receive an automatic license suspension. The schedule of drivers license suspension points is as follows:

  • 12 to 14 points in two years: 60-day suspension
  • 15 to 17 points in two years: 90-day suspension
  • 18 to 20 points in two years: 120-day suspension
  • 21 to 23 points in two years: 180-day suspension
  • 24 and above points in two years: one year suspension

To check your driving record, contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Alabama

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Drivers in Alabama found to be driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) will receive a list of penalties that include fines, jail time and drivers license suspension. As part of the suspended drivers license reinstatement requirements, residents will also have to partake in an alcohol awareness training program or drug awareness program (depending on whether they received a DUI or DWI citation). Depending on the county, you may be able to take the alcohol awareness class online. Alcohol awareness and drug awareness programs must be completed before a drivers license can be reinstated.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Alabama

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Residents of Alabama dealing with stolen, damaged or lost car registration must apply for a car registration replacement through the Alabama DMV. To do so, print and complete an Application for Replacement Credentials. From there, present the application form to DMV officials at a local AL DMV office. There is currently no option to replace car registration online.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, you do not need to present proof of insurance to replace lost car titles. The car title replacement process requires a completed Application for Replacement Title as well as the $15 car title copy fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Alabama

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Most Alabama county car registration offices will mail out a notice to renew expired car registrations prior to the expiration month. If you have not received the DMV notice to renew car registration documentation, contact your local registration office to make sure they have your correct address. You must have a notice to renew car registration online, as the PIN for online vehicle registration is printed on it.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Alabama car registrations have staggered expiration dates based on the first letter of the vehicle owner s last name. Renewal months are as follows:

  • Last names starting with A or D: renew in January
  • Last names starting with B: renew in February
  • Last names starting with C or E: renew in March
  • Last names starting with F, G or N: renew in April
  • Last names starting with H or O: renew in May
  • Last names starting with M or I: renew in June
  • Last names starting with P or L: renew in July
  • Last names starting with J, K or R: renew in August
  • Last names starting with Q, S or T: renew in September
  • Last names starting with U, V, W, X, Y or Z: renew in October

Drivers must renew expired car registrations by the end of their corresponding months to avoid late registration fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Alabama