​​Boat Registration and Operator License

Boat Registration Requirements:

1. If it is a new boat, a bill of sale is needed. No title is required in the State of Alabama.
2. If it is a used boat, a bill of sale and the last boat registration certificate is required.  No title is required in the State of Alabama.
3. State, County, and/or Municipal sales tax may be due when registered. All bill of sales must be notarized or have two witness. Download a bill of sale form here.
4. Registration
cost: $20.00 (less than 16ft), $25.00 (16ft to 26ft), $75.00 (26ft to 40ft), and $100.00 (40ft and UP). Please view the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources memorandum.

Every person age 12 and older, who operates a motorized vessel on state waterways must obtain an operators certification on or before April 28, 1999. All applicants must present a certification certificate issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources in Montgomery or take a written exam at their local driver examination office.

Any one 40 years old or older as of April 28, 1994, is required to be certified but do not have to pass an examination. They can bring in their valid drivers license and have the vessel class added to their license.
Proof of Age:
All minors must furnish to the drivers license examiner a certified copy of their birth certificate or a certified statement from the superintendent of the school which the person attends containing name, date of birth, and address.
Cost of Certification:
A one time fee of $5.00 (five dollars) cash will be charged as an application fee.

How to Obtain Boat Operator's Certification:
Applicant must go to Department of Public Safety Driver's License Examining Office in county of residence.  If needed, study manuals are available in this office.

For Vessel License information, please visit the ALEA website or call 251.660.2330 (Mobile) or (334)353.1470 (Montgomery) to speak to a Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examiner.

Exemptions From Examination Requirements:

1. Holder of a valid United States Coast Guard Motorboat Operator's License.
2. Person submitting a valid certificate of successful completion of:
3. United States Power Squadron Boating Course
4. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Course
5. Any State of Alabama Marine Police Division approved boating course (Alabama Boating Basic Course or Alabama Boating Basic Home Study Course)
6. Any boat operator who was 40 or older on April 28, 1994

NOTE: The operator must be in possession of a driver license with a "V" endorsement at time of vessel operation. Additional Information can be obtained by contacting the office below.

NOTE: The operator certification must be in possession at time of vessel operation. Additional Information can be obtained by contacting the office below.

ALEA Marine Patrol Division 
Attn: Education Section
PO Box 304115
Montgomery, AL 36130
Boating Certification and License

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Bay Minette Probate

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220 Courthouse Square
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Phone: 251.937.0260
Fax: 251.937.0252

Fairhope - map
1100 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phone: 251.​990.4645
Fax: 251.580.2594

Foley - map
201 East Section Avenue
Foley, AL 36535
Phone: 251.​972.6845
Fax: 251.580.2588

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Robertsdale, AL 36567
Phone: 251.970.4098
Fax: 251.970.4097