Transfer Car Title in Alabama

What is a Title Transfer?Transfer-Title

The title is the document that indicates the owner of the vehicle. To change ownership from one to another, a title transfer must take place.
Visit the DMV within 20 days to update the record.
Selling or buying a vehicle, Paying off a loan, transferring to family member, gifting or donating a vehicle, inheriting a vehicle or making a name correction are some reasons to complete a title transfer.

Selling a VehicleTransfer-Title

When selling a vehicle it is a good idea to order a history report.
Complete, sign, and date the title as the seller, and have the buyer complete, sign, and date the title as the buyer.
Complete, sign, date, and a notarized bill of sale. The buyer will need the bill of sale in order to complete the title transfer process. The buyer is responsible for completing the title transfer transaction.

Buying a VehicleTransfer-Title

The dealer will take care of new car title transfers.
For used vehicle purchases:
Make sure both you and the previous owner properly complete, sign, and date the title and get a notarized bill of sale from the previous owner.
Visit the nearest title and tag office with the title, bill of sale, proof of identification, proof of insurance and be prepared to bay the $15 title fee and $3 fee for processing.
The registration process generally takes place at the same time as the titling process (the vehicles current license plate remains with the vehicle), so remember to take note of additional steps and fees.

Removing a Lien Transfer-Title

After you pay off your car loan, you’ll need the lien holder removed from the title. Typically, this is something the lien holder will take care of for you.

Transferring to FamilyTransfer-Title

The state refers to transferring ownership to or from one of the following as a family transfer:
Spouse
Parent
Child
Grandparents
Siblings

To transfer the title:
The former owner must sign and date the title as the seller, and the new owner must sign and date the title as the buyer.
Record gift where the title asks for a purchase price. Both parties must complete, sign, date, and have notarized a Bill of Sale. (As with the title, record gift where the Bill of Sale asks for a purchase price unless the family member actually purchased the vehicle.)
The new owner should visit his local title and tag office to title and register the vehicle. Bring the title, Bill of Sale, and proof of identity.
Taxes based on the vehicles purchase price (if applicable).
The $15 titling fee and an additional $3 for processing and commission fees.

Gifting a VehicleTransfer-Title

The steps to title a gifted vehicle are similar to those to title any other vehicle; however, in the case of gifted vehicles taxes are not required.
As the recipient of the gifted vehicle, be prepared to:
Make sure both you and the former owner properly complete, sign, and date the title, and record gift where the title asks for a purchase price.
Make sure both you and the former owner properly complete, sign, date, and have notarized a Bill of Sale, and enter gift for the purchase price.
Head to your local title and tag office with the title, bill of sale, proof of identification and be prepared to ay the $15 title fee and the $3 processing fee.

Donating a VehicleTransfer-Title

There are a number of ways to donate a vehicle. To ensure you receive tax credit for the donation consult a tax expert.

Inheriting a VehicleTransfer-Title


The process to transfer the title of an inherited vehicle may vary depending on the situation.
These steps apply:
1.If the estate doesnt require probate, complete and have notarized a Form MVT 5-6.
2.Complete the title transfer when you visit your local title and tag office with:
The Form MVT 5-6, if required, proof of identity and the current title.
Supporting documents, such as the will, death certificate, or other certified court documents may be necessary.
Be prepared to pay the $15 titling fee, and a $3 processing fee.

Making Name CorrectionsTransfer-Title

Changing a Name
1.Gather up the documents that prove your legal name or name change. These may include a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or divorce decree and take the to your kloical title and tag office.
Ee prepared to pay the $15 titling fee and a $3 processing fee.

Deleting a Name
Have the person whose name youre deleting from the title properly sign the title over to you.
Visit your local title and tag office with the person whose name youre deleting from the title and:
Proof of identity.
The properly signed title.
A divorce decree, death certificate, or other legal document that supports the reason for the name deletion if your situation requires it.
The appropriate fees, which include $15 for the title transfer and $3 for processing and commission fees.
Adding a Name
Obtain proof of insurance for the person whose name youre adding to the title.
Visit your local title and tag office with:
Proof of identity.
The current title.
Proof of insurance for both parties.
The $15 titling fee, along with $3 for processing and commission fees.