Register & Title a Motorcycle in Alabama

Register & Title a Motorcycle in Alabama

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This page will cover the street legal requirements and motorcycle registration and title process in Alabama and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

Alabama Motorcycle Title & Inspection Requirements

  • Does Alabama have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • No, not required.
  • Does Alabama require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.

Does Alabama require a title for old motorcycles?

  • No title required for motorcycles older than model year 1980.
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Alabama Street Legal Motorcycle Requirements

Motorcycles in Alabama must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebars no more than 15” above seat height.
  • Passenger footrests when riding with passengers.
  • Footwear required.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Alabama

To register and title your project motorcycle in Alabama, you’ll need the following:

  • Original title or signed registration documents.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Proof of motorcycle insurance.
  • Registration and title fees.

Notarization Required on the following documents in Alabama:

  • Bill of sale.

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Alabama

Here are some of your options when it comes to registering an Alabama motorcycle with no title:

Option 1: Motorcycles from Alabama

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Option 2: Bikes from out of state

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires motorcycle titles:

Option 3: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.


This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.

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