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Act 2016-408, New License Plate And New License Fees Amendment Beginning August 1, 2016

This bill amends Distinctive License Plate Issuance Fee - Section 32-6-64.1 is amended to remove the additional distinctive license plate fee of $5 due in the year the license plate is issued for all military category, all veteran category, and the Alabama Gold Star Family license plates.

The legislative act also created the distinctive license plate, Silver Star. The plates is issued to a recipient of the Silver Star as evidenced on the form DD214. The first plate is a permanent license plate with validation decals. Regular registration fee applies to all plates in this category. An annual additional fee of $25 and ad valorem tax must be paid for all plates. Additional plates can be purchased by qualified registrants. Additional fee is distributed to the Alabama Veterans’ Assistance Fund.

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Act 2015-362, New License Plates And New License Fees Beginning January 1, 2016

This bill amends Code Section 32-6-64.1 to add a new license plate issuance fee: “In addition to any other fees provided for by law, an additional fee of $5 is added to the cost of any distinctive license plate, whether pre-numbered or personalized, in the year the license plate is issued.” Distinctive license plates include specialty, military, collegiate and generic specialty license plates. The fee does not apply to replacement license plates. This fee shall be distributed to the Department of Revenue to offset costs of manufacturing and administering motor vehicle registration credentials.

An additional annual fee of $50 will be collected for any personalized or distinctive license plate issued under Chapter 6, Title 32, except for the following: Helping Schools plate, Retired Educators plate, any firefighter category plate, rescue squad plates, veterans plates and military plates unless otherwise authorized by law, disability access plates, Alabama State Defense Force plates and Amateur Radio Operator plates.

Helping Schools distinctive plate annual additional fee for school supplies increases from $15 to $20 annually.

An annual additional fee of $0.25 is added to the cost for all firefighter plate categories (Professional Firefighter, Retired Professional Firefighter, and Firefighter). The additional fee is distributed to a fund managed by the Alabama Joint Fire Council and is to be used for expanding and maintaining the Alabama Firefighter Memorial located in Tuscaloosa. The retired professional firefighter definition is amended to include a retired professional firefighter who is a resident of this state and has retired from a professional fire department in another state.

Also the bill created new license plates:
Alabama Bicentennial. There are no registration fee exemptions for this plate category. Annual additional fee of $50. Plates cannot be renewed after December 31, 2020. In Memory. Issued to honor deceased family members. No prenumbered plates will be offered for this plate category. There are no registration fee exemptions for this plate category. Annual additional fee of $50. Professional Firefighter. Issued to a paid member of a paid or part-paid fire department of a city, town, county or other subdivision of the state. Firefighters’ names must appear on the list provided by the Firefighters’ Personnel Standards and Education Commission (on DOR website), or they must present a certification form signed by the chief of the department. Bronze Star. Issued to a recipient of the Bronze Star as evidenced on the form DD214. The first plate is a permanent license plate with validation decals. Regular registration fee applies to all plates in this category. An annual additional fee of $25 and ad valorem tax must be paid for all plates. Additional plates can be purchased by paying fees as outlined above. Additional fee distributed to the Alabama Veterans’ Assistance Fund. Legion of Valor. Issued to any resident who is a member of the Legion of Valor (LOV) with positive proof of membership and the award of the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Air Force Cross. The first plate is a permanent license plate. First plate is exempt from the registration fee and ad valorem tax. Additional plates can be purchased by paying regular registration fees and ad valorem taxes. Motorcycle license plates. Issued for each distinctive plate category in Chapter 6, Title 32 except Amateur Radio Operator plates. Same plate design that is issued for private passenger automobiles, pickup trucks, and pleasure motor vehicles in each distinctive license plate category. The standard motorcycle registration fee applies, except that the same registration fee or ad valorem tax exemption, reduction, or additional fees that applies to private passenger automobiles, pickup trucks, and pleasure motor vehicles would also apply to motorcycle plates of the same design.

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Act 2015-566, Motor Vehicle Ad Valorem Tax Fairness Act Begins January 1, 2016

This bill passed in the 2015 Special Session and amends Code Section 40-12-253 to allow uniformity in the assessment and collection of ad valorem tax on motor vehicles. Since 2000, the collection of taxes were deferred on a new personally owned or personally leased car or pick up truck until the owner's renewal month. This created the collection of back taxes and current taxes from the registrant during his renewal month for the newly acquired vehicle. The deferred tax requirement is eliminated. The additional tax requirement created by the deferral was not applied to similar purchases of used vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and recreational vehicles.

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Act 2015-362, Alabama Title Must Reflect Vehicle Owner's Legal Name Beginning October 1, 2015

This bill amends Code Section 32-8-30 to require a motor vehicle owner to apply for a new Alabama title and record owner's legal name when the name changes (marriage, divorce, court order, etc.). Beginning October 1, 2015 an application for a new title is necessary before Alabama registration can be issued during the owner's renewal month for the current tax year.

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Act 2015-499, Truck Tractor Plate Restriction For Farmers Increased To Four Plates Beginning June 12, 2015

This bill amends Code Sections 40-12-240 and 40-12-248 and provides the definition of 'farmer' to include a personal farmer, a partnership and corporations, as well as LLC's. Beginning June 12, 2015 the designated F4 farm license plate restriction for truck tractors for farmers increases from one plate to four plates.  

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Act 2014-295, Assessed Late Fees Delayed For Military Personnel On Deployment

This bill amends Code Section 32-6-65 to allow a person on military deployment during part of their registration renewal month to renew their vehicle registration within thirty (30) calendar days from the date their deployment ends without being assessed a late registration penalty or associated interest charges.

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Act 2013-398, Provides Fire Fighter License Plate For Retired Fire Fighters With Out-Of-State Service

This bill amends Code Section 32-6-270 related to eligibility for the distinctive Fire Fighter license plate. Beginning January 1, 2014, the definition of retired volunteer fire fighter will expand to include an Alabama resident retired from an out-of-state volunteer fire department.

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Act 2013-224, Provides For The Release Of Certain Vehicle Liens After Four Years

This bill amends Code Section 32-8-64 to provide for the release of certain liens after 4 years for vehicles 12 or more model years old. Exceptions are liens recorded on vehicles over 12,000 pounds and travel trailers.

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Act 2012-491, Amends 2011 Immigration Act

This bill amends the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, also known as the Immigration Act (2011-535). All references to a “business transaction” changed to “public records transaction” and includes applying/renewing a motor vehicle license plate, driver’s license or nondriver identification card, business license, commercial license, or professional license. The amended law also removes the requirement of verifying an alien's lawful presence through SAVE and instead requires the presentation of one of the documents listed in Section 32-13-3(10). 

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Act 2011-205, Creates License Plate for Low Speed Mini-trucks

Beginning January, 2012, a restricted license plate becomes available for mini-trucks to operate on public roads (not interstate highways). The license fee for the distinctive tag will be the same as private passenger vehicles yet such vehicles are exempt from the provisions of the Alabama title law. 

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Act 2011-540, Allows Wreckers to Register at a Lower Weight

Tow trucks will receive vehicle registration at the gross vehicle weight of the wrecker only, without consideration for the weight of the attached vehicle being towed. This change will allow wreckers to register at a lower weight which will incur a lower license fee.

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Act 2011-554, Places New Restrictions on Dealer License Plates

New and used licensed dealers will be limited to the number of dealer license plates beginning October, 2011 to 25 and 10 plates respectively. The law creates a dealer transit plate for use by wholesalers, reconditioners and rebuilders. A limit of 10 dealer transit plates is available for dealers. The law adds an increased penalty for second and subsequent violations ($500) and a civil penalty totaling $1,000 for willful misstatements or filing erroneous documents in order to acquire dealer license plates.

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Act 2011-688, Permits Online Verification of Mandatory Liability Insurance

The Alabama Department of Revenue and law enforcement officers are permitted to verify liability insurance policy on motor vehicles with an online insurance verification in real time. Beginning January 1, 2013, county licensing officials will verify insurance prior to the issuance of vehicle registrations. The law also increased reinstatement fees effective June 14, 2011 to $200 for the first violation and $400 for the second violation.

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Act 2010-710, Creates A New Distinctive Retired Fire Fighter License Plate

Vehicle owners who retired from a paid or part-paid fire department may qualify for the distinctive Retired Fire Fighter license plate beginning January 1, 2012. By December 1 each year, the Fire Fighter's Personnel Standards and Education Commission will forward to county licensing officials lists of eligible retired fire fighters and eligible fire departments. Retirees from volunteer fire departments do not qualify to receive this plate.

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Act 2010-510, New Military Distinctive License Plates

Beginning January 1, 2011, five (5) new distinctive license plates related to each branch of the military will be available for qualified Alabama vehicle owners. The tags will have a designation for Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. An additional fee of $3.00 is collected when the license plate is issued for the first time.

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Act 2010-582, Provides For Eligibility Changes For The Fire Fighter License Plate

Beginning December, 2010, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Fire Fighter's Personnel Standards and Education Commission will prepare and provide lists to county licensing officials of volunteer and paid fire fighters to support eligibility of the distinctive Fire Fighter license plate. New members added during the calendar year may also obtain plates by presenting a certificate signed by the chief of the local fire department to the county licensing official. The legislative act also designated the widow or widower of a paid, part-paid, or volunteer fire fighter who dies in the line of duty as a qualified recipient of one (1) Fire Fighter distinctive license plate.

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Act 2010-748, Allows A Vehicle Owner To Restore His/Her Salvage Vehicle

Beginning June 1, 2010, a vehicle owner is allowed to provide evidence that he or she was the owner prior to the event which caused the salvage title to be issued in lieu of them being required to be a license rebuilder in order to apply for inspection of the salvage vehicle with the Alabama Department of Revenue, Inspections Division. The inspection and review of repairs leads to the restoration of the Alabama title from the distinctive legend "SALVAGE TITLE" to the distinctive legend "REBUILT TITLE."  Evidence of ownership could include a registration receipt, title or title application.

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Act 2009-281, Removes Utility Trailers From Title Certificate Requirements

Effective July 1, 2009, no certificate of title will be issued for a utility trailer, other than folding or collapsible camping trailers with model years beginning 1990. This change will enhance the existing registration requirements for utility trailers by removing the many issues regarding the titling of the trailers with incomplete or missing documents. This law change will also simplify the registration of a trailer with a utility trailer license plate by removing any length, weight or axle requirements from consideration. If the trailer is designed to be pulled or towed by a passenger car or pickup truck by attaching the trailer tongue to the rear bumper hitch, then the trailer will be exempt from titling and will receive a utility trailer license plate upon the payment of the proper fees and taxes.

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Act 2009-618, Volunteer Fire Fighter Fee Exemption

Volunteer fire fighters who are entitled to a distinctive Fire Fighter license plate after August 1, 2009 will receive one (1) registration fee exemption. Qualified registrants may receive additional license plates at regular fees. The exemption will only apply to the distinctive Fire Fighter license plate.

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Act 2009-623, New Commemorative Military License Plates for Veterans Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Lawmakers expanded Alabama's commemorative military license plates by adding two new categories for veterans of the two military campaigns, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. Both plates will maintain standard license fees with an additional $3.00 in the year of initial issuance of the plate. A certification form will come from the local Department of Veteran Affairs as a prerequisite for the new license categories. Both tags are available for personalization with the additional fee of $50.00.  

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Act 2009-644, Changes To FOP Distinctive License Plates

The annual additional fee for the Fraternal Order of Police distinctive license plate increases from $20.00 to $30.00. The new law also creates a new license plate for FOP members who own a motorcycle. Both license plates are for active FOP members only.

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Act 2009-743, Permits Retired Military License Plate For Spouses Of Qualified Registrants

Alabama law was amended and allows the spouse of a retired military member or reservist to receive the Retired Military license plate. Further, upon the death of a qualified license plate recipient, the surviving spouse may retain one (1) Retired Military plate for lifetime or until remarriage. Regular registration fees and taxes will apply.

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Act 2009-639, Increases Vietnam Veteran License Plate Fee

Beginning September 1, 2009 the license fee for the Vietnam Veteran distinctive license plate increases by $3.00 during registration renewal years. The additional fee remains $6.00 during the first registration with the issuance of the metal plate. The additional fees are assigned to the Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., Alabama State Council.

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