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Alabama Certificate of Title Bond

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How much does a certificate of title bond cost in Alabama?

The cost of a title bond in Alabama will depend on the bond amount you need and a possible review of your financial history. The required bond amount is determined based on the year and type of vehicle in question. See below for the different required amounts, or click here.

If your required bond amount is less than $50,000 SuretyBonds.com can issue your bond instantly without a credit check! In fact, bonds in amounts less than $6,000 cost just $100. Bonds in amounts greater than $50,000 are subject to underwriting.

The best way to find out exactly how much you’ll pay for your Alabama title bond is to call 1 (800) 308-4358 or submit an online bond request. One of our surety professionals will contact you right away to walk you through our fast and easy bonding process!

Bond Type
$5,000Certificate of Title BondTrailers: Ten or more model years old, Motorcycles: Ten or more model years old
$10,000Certificate of Title BondTrailers: Five model years old but less than ten model years old, Passenger vehicles and pickup trucks: Ten or more model years old, Motorcycles: Five model years old but less than ten model years old
$25,000Certificate of Title BondTrailers: Less than five model years old, Passenger Vehicles and Pickup Trucks: Five model years old but less than ten model years old, Manufactured Homes: Ten or more model years old, Motorcycles: Less than five model years old; Trucks, Buses, and Recreational Vehicles: Ten or more model years old
$50,000Certificate of Title BondPassenger vehicles and pickup trucks: Less than five model years old; Trucks, buses and recreational vehicles: Five model years old but less than ten model years old, Manufactured homes: Less than ten model years old
$100,000Certificate of Title BondTrucks, buses and recreational vehicles: Less than five model years old

What are the required title bond amounts in Alabama?

The required bond amounts are broken down by vehicle type and year:

Trailers:

  • Less than 5 model years old - $25,000 surety bond
  • Between 5 and 10 model years old - $10,000 surety bond
  • 10 or more model years old - $5,000 surety bond

Passenger vehicles and pickup trucks:

  • Less than 5 model years old - $50,000 surety bond
  • Between 5 and 10 model years old - $25,000 surety bond
  • 10 or more model years old - $10,000 surety bond

Trucks, buses and recreational vehicles:

  • Less than 5 model years - $100,000 surety bond
  • Between 5 and 10 model years old - $50,000 surety bond
  • 10 or more model years old - $25,000 surety bond

Motorcycles:

  • Less than 5 model years old - $25,000 surety bond
  • Between 5 and 10 model years old - $10,000 surety bond
  • 10 or more model years old - $5,000 surety bond

Manufactured homes*:

  • Less than 10 model years old - $50,000 surety bond
  • 10 or more model years old - $25,000 surety bond

*Manufactured home bond requests must be initiated through a designated agent of the Revenue Department using the electronic title application processing system (ETAPS).

Applicants must obtain a bond form listing the amount from the state before having a bond issued. Alabama utilizes the online Motor Vehicle Title Registration & Insurance Portal to get the bond form required.

Why are certificate of title bonds required?

To obtain a proper title for a vehicle with a lost or stolen title in Alabama, the vehicle owner must purchase a three-year surety bond. By posting an Alabama certificate of title bond, the principal (owner of the vehicle) guarantees that he or she is the sole owner of the purchased vehicle and that the vehicle was not obtained under fraudulent pretenses.

Furthermore, this bond indemnifies all prior owners, lienholders, and subsequent purchasers of the vehicle from financial loss caused by the issuance of the certificate of title. For more information on surety bonds for car titles, review our Title Bonds page.

Please note this bond is required for a vehicle title to be issued. If you are planning to sell cars and other vehicles, an Alabama motor vehicle dealer bond is required.

Information needed for the Alabama title surety bond application

Alabama certificate of title bonds are required by the Motor Vehicle Division of the Alabama Department of Revenue. These bonds remain valid for three years from the effective date. The following must be indicated on the bond form:

  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Vehicle model
  • Vehicle body type
  • Vehicle year
  • Vehicle’s number of cylinders
  • Vehicle make
  • A detailed explanation as to why the applicant is requesting a title under bond and what efforts were made to obtain a properly assigned valid certificate of title
  • Whether the vehicle is a utility trailer
  • Whether the vehicle was purchased as a body, parts, salvage, or without an engine
  • Information for the person the vehicle was purchased from
  • Information for the current owner of the vehicle

A bill of sale with the vehicle identification number or an outstanding title or registration in the name of the applicant must be attached to application when the bond amount is greater than $25,000.

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