Updates to the Unclaimed/Abandoned Motor Vehicle Law

Act 2019-245, effective January 1, 2020, amends the unclaimed/abandoned motor vehicle law for the following:

Administrative Rule 810-5-75-.52 provides towing companies to become a designated agent of the department. Please click on the following link for information on how to become a designated agent. https://revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle/apply-to-become-a-designated-agent/

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.

Procedures for the Reporting and Sale of an Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle

For more information regarding the unclaimed/abandoned vehicle requirements, please contact the Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division at: (334) 242-9000 or https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/help-center/.