In Alabama, you must register and title your motorcycle in order to ride it on public roads. The exercise of the registration of a motorcycle is similar to that of automobiles. You must first apply for a title before you proceed to registration. All the information that you need to know regarding motorcycle registration in Alabama can be found below.

Applying For Motorcycle Registration

You can apply for a title at your local tag office or any licensed Alabama motorcycle dealer. Some Alabama banks and credit unions also help Alabama residents to register their motorcycles. To replace an expired, lost or misplaced title, you will need to mail your title application form to:

Alabama Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Division ― Title Section
P O Box 327640
Montgomery, Alabama 36132-7640

Requirements For Registration

To apply for motorcycle registration, you will need:

  • To pay taxes which vary by state and depend on the cost of the motorcycle.
  • You must also pay a $15 title application fee, and a processing fee. Otherwise you will need to contact your local DMV office to determine the appropriate fees. They will not tell you the exact fee by phone, but they give you the fee schedule.
  • You will be required to submit the original title or the manufacturer’s certificate of origin which has been signed over to you by the seller.
  • You will also be required to submit any document that shows proof of motorcycle transfer to you (Bill of Sale).
  • Any documents showing prior registration of that motorcycle.

You must register your newly acquired motorcycle within 20 days of purchase. The state requires you to obtain reliability insurance for your motorcycle, but this insurance policy is not required when titling or registering your motorcycle.

If you purchased your motorcycle in Alabama, you will not be required to show proof of inspection when you apply for a tag. If you purchased your motorcycle from out-of-state, you must show proof of inspection when applying for a tag.