Alabama Vehicle Power of Attorney (MVT 5-13)


An Alabama motor vehicle power of attorney (Form MVT 5-13) is a single-page document that is completed and signed by the owner of a vehicle to give another individual (the “representative”) permission to handle tasks, such as selling, registering, or repairing the car. Alabama law does not require the taxpayer (owner of the car) to sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public. However, the taxpayer should consider notarization as it makes the form official. Notaries can be found online at ($25) and in-person in government offices, libraries, post offices, and other buildings.

Signing requirements: The state of Alabama requires the form to be signed by: 1) the taxpayer(s), and 2) the representative (also known as the “appointee”).

How to Write an Alabama Motor Vehicle POA

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Step 1 – Vehicle Details

In section A, write the following information about the car:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Year (e.g., 2005)
  • Make (e.g., Ford)
  • Model (e.g., Focus)
  • Body type (e.g., sedan)
  • License plate number
  • State of issuance (i.e., the state issuing the license plate)

Note: If filling out this form as a title service provider, skip Section A.

Step 2 – Owner and Representative Information

Provide the personal information for the car owner (taxpayer) and the representative (the person authorized to act on the taxpayer’s behalf).

In Section B, include the following:

  • Taxpayer name(s) and address
  • Taxpayer email address
  • Taxpayer phone number
  • Representative name(s) and address
  • Representative email address
  • Representative phone number

Step 3 – Select Authorized Acts

Under Section B, place a checkmark next to the acts the taxpayer authorizes the representative to perform.

Optional: Write, on the lines provided, any specific additions or restrictions for the representative.

Step 4 – Sign

The taxpayer and representative must both sign and date the form.

Note: the representative will sign on the line indicated with “Signature of Appointee.”