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Car Tag & Title Information:

The Lauderdale County License Commissioner's Office (Rodney Pettus, License Commissioner) handles all motor vehicle & boat registrations and titles in Lauderdale County.  Office hours are 8 am - 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.  If you have any questions relating to car tag or title information, please email the Lauderdale County License Commissioner's Office.  We will try to provide you with the answer to your question as soon as possible.

Tag Renewals:

Your Alabama motor vehicle license plate/decal must be renewed each year. Renewal reminders will be mailed to the last known address as a courtesy at the beginning of the scheduled renewal month.  If you have changed your address since your last renewal or vehicle purchase, please notify the License Commissioner's office at (256) 760-5833.  It is the owner's responsibility to renew your tag/decal during the correct renewal month even if you do not receive a renewal reminder in the mail. The first letter of your last name determines the month in which your renewal is due.  All tag renewals may be processed at the Lauderdale County Courthouse or through the mail if you received a renewal reminder for your vehicle.  You can now renew your tag online if you want to save a trip to the courthouse, click here.  If you are renewing your tag in person, it is best to come to the courthouse between the 10th and the 25th of the month, in order to avoid long lines.


The amount you pay to renew your tag is a combination of your ad valorem tax assessment and a license fee.  The ad valorem taxes are determined by multiplying the state-assigned value of your vehicle by the assessment rate (based on the classification of the vehicle), then multiplying the assessed value by the millage rate determined by your address.  Effective, January 1, 2000, all ad valorem taxes are collected at the time of registration.  Please note:  A mail fee of $2.00 is charged for tag renewals processed through the mail.