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Manufactured Homes
The Laws and Rules for Manufactured Homes are:
Code of Alabama 32-20-21
Code of Alabama 40-12-55
Rule 810-5-75-.66
Rule 810-5-75-.67
Manufactured Home Title Act 2009-746

All Shelby County License Offices can assist Shelby County residents with the following Manufactured Home transactions:
  • Process Applications for Title
    • No certificate of title will be issued for manufactured homes more than 20 model years old. (810-5-75.67)
    • Titles for manufactured homes should be processed in the county where the home will be located.
  • Process applications for Cancellation of Title (including the "Notice for Canellation" and "MH Bond" forms)
  • Collect Sales Tax for manufactured homes (if necessary).  The sales tax rate on manufactured homes is the same as the sales tax rate for motor vehicles. 

The fee to process a Certificate of Title or to Cancel a Certificate of Title is $23.

Note:
  • An alteration of any kind on a title voids the assignment. Liquid paper voids the entire title and a replacement title must be issued. 
  • Any alteration on a notarized document voids that document. 
  • Accepted forms of payment: Cash, Discover, MasterCard,Visa, American Express, or checks drawn on an Alabama bank with a pre-printed Alabama address accompanied with an valid (non-expired) Alabama Driver’s License or State issued ID. 

What documents are needed when titling a manufactured home

If you have an Alabama Title or MSO for the manufactured home:
  • A Bill of Sale or other documents that support the transfer of ownership
  • A properly assigned title or MSO
  • If the manufactured home has a title from another state, you will need to have a VIN inspection form completed by an Alabama law enforcement officer.  This form will need to be presented along with the title to the licensing official.
  • A valid government issued Drivers License or ID.
  • If there are two owners and their names are joined by “and”, both owners must be present to sign the title application or one has to send an original notarized Power of Attorney.  If there are two owners with no connecting word, it is considered “and”.  If names are joined by “or”, only one owner is needed to sign the title application.  

Cancelling a title for a manufactured home

If a manufactured home is affixed to a parcel of real property and the ownership of the manufactured home and the real property is identical, the owner or owners may obtain a Cancellation of Title for the manufactured home.  (810-5-75-.66)

If you have a title or MSO:

  • Take the Title / MSO to one of our License Offices
  • The License Office will process a “Notice of Cancellation”.  This form will be given to the customer who will need to then take it to the Probate Judge in the County where the manufactured home is located for their signature.
  • The customer will then bring the signed “Notice of Cancellation” back to the License Office and we will process an application for cancellation that will be sent to the State.  
  • The State will examine the documents and if approved, they will issue a Certificate of Cancellation As Real Property, in the name of the owner.

Note: The notice of cancellation form is valid for 90 days and must be returned to the license office within this time period or another form will have to be processed. 

Using a MH Bond:

  • You will need to provide the License Office with the following information about the manufactured home when you come in:
    • VIN number (if there is more than 1 unit to the MH home, you will need the VIN number for each unit
    • Year, make, model and color
    • Owner’s name and address
    • Date of purchase
    • Physical address of the manufactured home

  • The license office will process a "MH Bond Form".  The amount of the bond will be determined by the year of the manufactured home.
  • The bond shall be in an amount equal to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for manufactured homes less than ten years old, and twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for all manufactured homes ten model years old or older, but less than 20 model years old. 
  • The license office will then process a "Notice of Cancellation". 
  • Both forms will be presented to the customer.  The “MH Bond Form” will need to be taken to an insurance company to purchase the bond, and the “Notice of Cancellation” will need to be taken to the Probate Judge in the county where the manufactured home is located for signature.
  • Once the bond had been purchased and the Notice of Cancellation signed, the customer will bring all of the documents back to the License Office and they will process a MH Cancellation Application that will be sent to the State.
  • The State will examine the documents and if approved, they will issue a Certificate of Cancellation As Real Property, in the name of the owner.

Note: The notice of cancellation form is valid for 90 days and must be returned to the license office within this time period or another form will have to be processed. 

 
Chapter 20 of Title 32, Code of Alabama 1975 does not provide for the issuance of a replacement certificate of cancellation.  In the event that a certificate of cancellation is lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or becomes illegible, a replacement certificate of cancellation cannot be issued.  However, records of the cancellation may be obtained by completing the form MV DPPA1 (see rule 810-5-1-485).

Once a title has been cancelled, and the manufactured home is considered permanently affixed to real property, there are 2 ways to un-affix the manufactured home from the real property (ie cancel the title cancellation)
  1. Court Order
  2. Bond

Decals for Manufactured Homes

Decals for manufactured homes are issued by the Property Tax Commissioners Office located at: 102 Depot Street, Columbiana, AL  35051 (Phone: 205-670-6900)

After we have processed your title application and you have paid any sales tax due, you must take your documents to the Property Tax Commissioners Office and purchase your decal. 



Shelby County, Alabama
200 West College St.
Columbiana, AL 35051
Ph: (205) 670-6550