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General Tag Information

Alabama Tag Renewal Requirements under new Mandatory Liability Insurance Law Effective January 1, 2013

Please provide the following items if renewing in person at the Houston County Administrative Building or at any remote tag site or include copies if renewing by US mail or by dropping in Houston County Drop Box.

1. A current insurance card which included the policy number and Insurance Company Number (NAIC)

2. A valid ID for each individual listed on the vehicle registration

3. Present renewal notice or vehicle registration for each vehicle

4. Include phone numbers (home & cell) and email address

5. All information requested on the renewal card must be completed to renew by US Mail or to drop off in the Houston County Drop Box

6. No out of county or out of state checks accepted (with the exception of Military)


The above information will also be required for all online renewals. Online renewal transactions may be completed online at houstoncounty.org under the tab, online payments.


Below are various links to License Plate Information

License Plates - Collegiate

License Plates - Military

License Plates - Organizations

License Plates - Personalized

License Plates - Standard/Disability

License Plates Information



We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, Credit, and Debit Cards, or an electronic check from your checking account. Your Internet Handling fees for any shopping cart total are as follows: electronic checks $4.00, Credit / Debit the greater of 2.5%. The internet handling fee is not paid to the County but to IMS Enterprises, Inc. an Alabama company.

The Alabama Mandatory Liability Insurance (MLI) Law provides that no person shall operate, register, or maintain registration of a motor vehicle designed to be used on a public road or highway unless it is covered by a liability insurance policy.

Beginning January 1, 2013 , license plate issuing officials will attempt to verify liability insurance utilizing the State of Alabama Online Insurance Verification System, which will allow license plate issuing officials to immediately verify the insurance status of a vehicle at any point in time.

If insurance cannot be verified through the Online Insurance Verification System, vehicle owners must provide evidence of insurance to the license plate issuing official. The insurance card is the most common evidence of current insurance. To be acceptable, the proof of insurance must display the current effective date, insurer\'s NAIC number, vehicle identification number (VIN) and policy number.

In addition to providing evidence of insurance, a valid state issued driver license, non-driver identification card, or national driver license must be provided for each owner reflected on the vehicle title. If the vehicle owner is a company, the federal employer identification number (FEIN) is required.

For more information visit: http://www.besuretoinsureal.com


Starting January 1st 2017 anyone that has obtained a handicapped registration placard or license plate must recertify. Your handicapped certification letter will be valid for five years with an expiration year of 2021.
Attached you will find a new certification letter, if you have been deemed permanently disabled by your physician please self certify by signing only your signature to the attached letter. If you are considered temporarily disabled by your physician you will need to have a new form on file. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please contact the Houston County tag department at (334) 677-4734 Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. if you have any questions.


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