Alabama law requires annual renewal registration of vehicles each year. A registrant’s vehicle tax year is determined on a staggered basis and is based on the registrant’s first letter of his last name.


Renewal Month First Letter of Last Name
January A and D
February B
March C and E
April F, G, and N
May H and O
June M and I
July P and L
August J, K, and R
September Q, S, and T
October U, V, W, X, Y, and Z
October/November National Guard, Heavy Trucks
October/November Commercial and Fleet Vehicles


Residents of Limestone County need the following items to renew registration:

  • Courtesy Mail Renewal Notice, or
  • Previous Year’s Tag And Tax Registration Receipt, or
  • Alabama Metal Tag Number, and
  • Alabama Driver License Number or Alabama ID Card Number, with Valid Expiration Date, and
  • Evidence of Vehicle Liability Insurance.

Each of the first three items above display a registrant’s renewal month and serve as renewal reminders for vehicle owners. A mail reminder is sent to the owner’s last known county address at the beginning of the scheduled renewal month. It is the owner’s responsibility to renew his vehicle registration during the designated month, even if the courtesy reminder does not arrive by mail. Late penalty of $15.00 plus interest will apply to each vehicle that is not registered within the vehicle owner’s designated renewal month.

An Alabama resident who moves to our county from another Alabama county, will be required to register his vehicle in Limestone County during his annual renewal month. The current tag and tax registration receipt copy, or the courtesy mail renewal notice received from the previous county, should be brought to our office for registration in this county. Each registered owner or co-owner should also bring their valid Alabama driver license or photocopy to comply with Act 2011-688 related to Mandatory Liability Insurance compliance. Proof of insurance will be required by evidence that includes the provider’s NAIC, policy number, and current effective date.

The best time to renew your tag in person is between the 11th and 25th of the month. Mondays and Fridays are high activity days in the office, along with the first working day following holidays.


Standard and Disability Access License Plates
The standard license plate undergoes a design change every five years. The current license plate design was provided for distribution beginning January 1, 2014. More . . .

Organization License Plates
There are many special tags available for registration that permit vehicle owners to visibly support and financially fund certain organizations. More . . .

Collegiate License Plates
The issuance of collegiate plates includes an additional $50.00 for the school to apply to their education trust fund. Proceeds from the fund is applied to scholarships for qualified students in Alabama. More . . .

Military License Plates
Applicants for veteran of foreign wars commemorative license plates must provide their supporting documents to the local office of the Department of Veteran Affairs for certification. The issuance of the metal plate includes an additional $3.00. When registration is validated by decals only, the standard fee applies. More . . .

Prestige License Plates
Many organization and collegiate license plates may be personalized with a unique message that serves as a substitute for a registration number. More . . .