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Old 02-22-2017, 01:26 PM   #1
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Licensing in Alabama

Not as many Escapes headed to Alabama as compared to the recent deluge headed to Texas, but for the record, licensing in Alabama was relatively easy and painless. What I needed: 1) Bill of Sale, 2) Certificate of Origin, 3) current driver's license, 4) about 30 minutes split between the Probate Judge window, Tax Assessor window and then back to the Probate Judge window, and 5) my checkbook for: a) application for title, b) ad valorem tax and c) sales tax and tag. The only complication came when a clerk kept trying to enter "CA" for Canada, and her computer kept interpreting it as California. She finally tried "BC" for British Columbia, and everything was smooth sailing after that. Our new license plate is already mounted on our new 21', and we should receive our Alabama motor vehicle title in a couple weeks. We are now street legal!! Yay!!!
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:18 PM   #2
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Good for you. Glad it was not a hassle. You're going to have a lot of fun. Take lots of pictures make a lot of memories.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:00 PM   #3
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I live in Huntsville, and am in the process of buying a 17' that is already in the States. Do I go through this same process if I'm buying it from an American owner?
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:10 PM   #4
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I went to the county office in Madison trying to get a tag prior to driving to Chilliwack for my 17B delivery...no luck. So, not the type to give up, I tried the main tag office in the Madison County Court House in HSV and they got me a tag. I had to go back later with the Custom's stamped form and complete the paperwork before I actually got my title.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:16 PM   #5
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Thank you, Gelayne! We are actually in the Monrovia area - - what fun to know there is another 17b owner (as I sooooo hope to be by this weekend!) in the area!
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Good luck to you! They are easy to tow, easy to park, and lots of fun.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:20 PM   #7
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I am so excited! I've been looking for years! I soooo hope this works out! :-)
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:25 PM   #8
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I live in Huntsville, and am in the process of buying a 17' that is already in the States. Do I go through this same process if I'm buying it from an American owner? Thanks.
It's my understanding that if the trailer has already cleared U.S. Customs and has a U.S. issued vehicle title, then it's just like purchasing any other licensed vehicle where you live. A signed Bill of Sale from the previous owner (including purchase price for vehicle tax purposes) and the previous owner's U.S. vehicle title signed over to you should be everything you need. Unless you have "one-stop-shopping" in your county, I think you will start at the Probate Judge's Office/Window to request a new title in your name, then go to the Tax Assessor's Office to pay ad valorem tax, then back to the Probate Judge's Office to pay sales tax and purchase your license plate. That - and pray the people at the window know what they are doing! Congrats on your purchase!
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:35 PM   #9
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Thanks so much. I'm just praying this works out. . . .
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:37 PM   #10
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Not sure if this is a county or state requirment but the bill of sale had to be notorized by seller and buyer in Lee County Alabama (Auburn/Opelika)

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