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Alabama Lift Laws and Vehicle Equipment Laws


Alabama's street legal laws are not as complete as most states. There are no laws listed that restrict suspension lifts, frame height, or bumper height. Residents of Alabama are free to install suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards.






Governing Laws

Code

The Alabama street legal laws are covered in the Code of Alabama 1975 (COA) as well as in the Alabama Administrative Code (AAC).

COA Title 32
AAC Ch. 760






Vehicle Dimensions

Dimensions

Vehicle size in Alabama is restricted to a maximum width of 102 inches, a maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches, and a maximum single vehicle length of 40 feet.

COA 32-9-20






Tire Restrictions

Tires

All tires on vehicles driven in Alabama must be in safe operating condition, without any bulges or exposed cords. There is a minimum tread depth of 1/16 inch and tire grooving is allowed as long as the grooves are not cut below the original tire tread depth.

COA 32-5-210






Wheel Restrictions

Wheels

Neither of Alabama's codes reference wheels, however, they do need to be safe for highway use.






Braking Requirements

Brakes

Cars and trucks driven in Alabama are required to have brakes on all 4 wheels. The brakes must be capable of stopping the vehicle from a speed of 20 mph within 30 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

AAC 760-X-1-.09
COA 32-5-212






Steering Laws

Steering

Alabama does not have any specific rules for a vehicle's steering system other than that it needing to be maintained and in good condition.






Suspension Laws

Suspension

There are currently no suspension lift limits or suspension modification restrictions listed in Alabama's laws.






Frame Requirements

Frame

At this time, there are no vehicle frame height limitations in Alabama.






Bumper Restrictions

Bumpers

There are no bumper height restrictions in Alabama.






Fender Requirements

Fenders

Both of Alabama's codes lack any information on fenders or mud flaps, including whether or not they are required.






Lighting Requirements

Lights

In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Alabama are allowed to have additional lighting. When a vehicle is equipped with extra lighting, no more than 4 front lights can be on at one time while driving.


Light

Number

Min. Height

Max. Height

Headlights

2 or 4

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

1 min.

20 inches

60 inches

Spot lights

1 max.

n/a

n/a

Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. passing lights

1 max.

24 inches

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

1 max.

16 inches

42 inches


( Measured to the center of the light. )



COA 32-5-240
COA 32-5-241






Window Laws

Windows

Alabama's laws make no reference to whether or not a windshield is required, however, windshield wipers are mandatory.

COA 32-5-215






Exhaust Requirements

Exhaust

In Alabama, vehicles are required to be equipped with mufflers. Exhaust cutouts are not allowed to be installed.

COA 32-5-216






Engine Swap Rules

Engine

It is unclear whether or not Alabama has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.






Emissions Testing

Emissions

Alabama does not currently require emissions testing.







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