Imported motor vehicles, less than 25 model years old, must be determined to be in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or a registered importer as provided by 49 C.F.R. Section 591. Documentation of this inspection should be provided to the licensing plate issuing offices. The vehicle must be brought to the licensing official’s office in the county in which you reside so the official can inspect the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the vehicle.
You must also provide the licensing official with the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) (will they have this if they have the importer/NHTSA inspection form?)/foreign title document (or a copy of the title, if there is a lien holder), a copy of the current vehicle registration, and a bill of sale. Depending on the vehicle type, the licensing official may require additional documentation (i.e., EPA and DOT certification letters).
The cost of an Alabama title is $15, plus a $3 fee due to the county licensing official. Once the Alabama title has been issued (if required), you will be able to register the vehicle. The cost of a standard passenger license plate is $23, plus $1.25 issuance fee. Local fees, ad valorem tax, and sales tax may be added to this amount by the county licensing official’s office.