​​Boat Registration and Operator License

Boat (including jet skis) Registration Requirements:

  1. Boat purchased from a dealer- A bill of sale from the dealer is required.  If two or more names are listed as buyers and the word "OR" is not printed on the bill of sale, both owners must be present or a power of attorney must be presented for the owners who are not present. No title is required in the State of Alabama.  Sales tax may be owed.  
  2. Used boat purchased from individual - A completed bill of sale and the previous registration (in seller's name) is required.  If two or more names are listed as buyers and the word "OR" is not printed on the bill of sale, both owners must be present or a power of attorney must be presented for the owners who are not present. No title is required in the State of Alabama.  Sales tax may be owed.  
  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. Boats newer than 1972 - Must have a 12 digit hull number.  If you need to have a state assigned hull number, please follow the instructions on this form.

Registration Costs: (not including sales tax)
$20 (boats under 16ft)
$25 (boats 16ft - 25ft)
$75 (boats 26ft - 40ft)
$100 (boats 40ft and up)
Boats renew by 1st letter of last name.  Commercially registered boats are renewed in October.  Boat registrations are not prorated.  
For more information see the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources memorandum


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT BOATING AND THE ALABAMA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MARINE PATROL CAN BE FOUND AT  https://www.alea.gov/dps/marine-patrol

Boating Forms and Permits:  https://www.alea.gov/dps/marine-patrol/boating-forms-and-permits.

Boating Education and Operator Certification / License  - Please visit for list of requirements to operate a vessel, requirements for non-residents and other boating rules and regulations.  
 

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.
 
How to Obtain Boat Operator's Certification:
https://www.alea.gov/dps/marine-patrol/boating-education-and-operator-certificationlicense 

Exemptions From Examination Requirements:
Refer to https://www.alea.gov/dps/marine-patrol/boating-education-and-operator-certificationlicense

  1. Any boat operator who was born prior to April 28, 1954 
  2. Holder of a valid United States Coast Guard Motorboat Operator's License.
  3. Person submitting a valid certificate of successful completion of:

    United States Power Squadron Boating Course
    United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Course
    Any State of Alabama Marine Police Division approved boating course (Alabama Boating Basic Course or Alabama Boating Basic Home Study Course)

NOTE: The operator must be in possession of a driver license with a "V" endorsement at time of vessel operation. 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
1-800-272-7930

OFFICIAL ALABAMA BOATING SAFETY COURSE ONLINE 


Contact Us

Bay Minette Probate

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(not in courthouse)
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

Robertsdale - map
Central Annex
22251 Palmer Street
Robertsdale, AL 36567
Phone: 251.970.4098
Fax: 251.970.4097