Updates to the Unclaimed/Abandoned Motor Vehicle Law

Legislative Act 2015-470 amended the unclaimed/abandoned motor vehicle law.


Effective July 1, 2016, a person or entity, including towing companies, in possession of an “unclaimed” or “abandoned” motor vehicle must report the following information to the Department of Revenue (DOR) before a motor vehicle can be sold as an “abandoned” motor vehicle. The DOR has provided an Unclaimed/Abandoned vehicle portal for this purpose: https://unclaimed.mvtrip.alabama.gov/. The Unclaimed/Abandoned portal must be used to complete the following process to report a vehicle as “unclaimed” and sell the vehicle as an “abandoned” vehicle.

NOTE: ACT 2015-470 only applies to the sale of an abandoned vehicle for which notice is published on or after July 1, 2016. If the notice of the sale was posted prior to July 1, 2016, the vehicle may be sold under the abandoned motor vehicle law provisions in effect prior to ACT 2015-470. In this situation, the vehicle must be titled prior to the end of the calendar year 2016, or the purchaser would be required to post a title surety bond in order to title the vehicle.


For more information regarding the unclaimed/abandoned vehicle requirements, please contact the Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division at: (334) 242-9007, or titles@revenue.alabama.gov