Alabama Vehicle Titling Exemptions

Exemptions

(1) Effective January 1, 2012, no certificate of title shall be issued for any manufactured homes, trailer, semi-trailer, travel trailer, or folding or collapsible camping trailer more than twenty (20) model years old. This exemption is applicable on January 1 of each year and applies to all manufactured homes, trailers, semi-trailers, travel trailers, and folding or collapsible camping trailers with a model year, as designated by the manufacturer, older than twenty (20) years from the current calendar year. All utility trailers, other than folding or collapsible camping trailers, are still exempt from titling regardless of the year model.

Example: As of January 1, 2012, all 1991 and prior year model manufactured homes, trailers, semi-trailers, travel trailers, and folding or collapsible camping trailers are exempt from the titling provisions of Chapter 8, Title 32, Code of Alabama 1975.

(2) Effective January 1, 2012, no certificate of title shall be issued for any motor vehicle more than thirty-five (35) model years old. This exemption is applicable on January 1 of each year and applies to all motor vehicles with a model year, as designated by the manufacturer, older than thirty- five (35) years from the current calendar year.

Example: As of January 1, 2012, all 1976 and prior year model motor vehicles are exempt from the titling provisions of Chapter 8, Title 32, Code of Alabama 1975.

(3) Effective January 1, 2012, no certificate of title shall be issued for a low speed vehicle. A low speed vehicle is defined as a four-wheeled motor vehicle with a top speed of not greater than 25 miles per hour, a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of which is less than 3,000 pounds and complying with the safety standards provided in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500. The term includes neighborhood electric vehicles.

NOTE: The exemption from titling does not invalidate any Alabama certificate of title that is currently in effect. However, no subsequent title, including a certificate of title to record or transfer a lien, can be issued if the vehicle is exempt from titling.

Every motor vehicle not more than 35 model years old which is domiciled in Alabama and is required to be registered in Alabama is required to have an Alabama certificate of title. Travel trailers and folding and collapsible camping trailers not more than 20 model years old also are required to have an Alabama certificate of title. Manufactured homes not more than 20 model years old are also required to be titled.

DEFINITIONS: The term motor vehicle shall include every automobile, motorcycle, mobile trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, trailer and other device that is self-propelled or drawn, in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway except such as is moved by animal power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. Every trailer coach and travel trailer manufactured upon a chassis or undercarriage as an integral part thereof drawn by a self-propelled vehicle.

EXCLUSIONS: No Alabama certificate of title shall be obtained for:

(a) A motor vehicle more than 35 model years old or trailer more than 20 model years old.

(b) A vehicle owned by the United States or any agency thereof.

(c) A vehicle owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway or used for the purpose of testing or demonstration, or a vehicle used by a manufacturer solely for testing.

(d) A vehicle owned by a non-resident of Alabama and not required by law to be registered in Alabama.

(e) A vehicle moved solely by animal power.

(f) An implement of husbandry.

(g) Special mobile equipment.

(h) A pole trailer.

(i) ATVs.

(j) Snowmobiles.

(k) Off road vehicles.

(l) Junked vehicles.

(m) Boats.

(n)Mobile homes, travel trailers, and mobile trailers designated 1989 year models and prior year models.

(o) Utility trailers. A utility trailer is a vehicle without motive power designed to be drawn by a passenger car or pickup truck.

(p) A folding or collapsible camping trailer more than 20 model years old.

(q) A vehicle for which the Alabama license plate issuing official has verified that the current owner or operator is recorded as the owner or operator on a currently effective certificate of title issued by another state and the certificate of title is being held by the recorded lienholder.