ALABAMA REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Police Division (AMPD):
The Marine Police Division of the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for regulating the state boating laws of Alabama.
All vessels propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Alabama waters must be registered and issued an Alabama Certificate of Number (Registration) by the state, which can be obtained through the office of the Judge of Probate or License Commissioner in the boat owner’s county. Exceptions for the boat registration requirements include:
Non-motorized vessels, not including sailboats and vessels for rental.
Vessels that are currently registered and kept in another state (after more than 90 days of use, Alabama should be considered the state of principal use)
Vessels holding a valid temporary Certificate of Number.
Vessels that are registered in a country other than the U.S. and using Alabama waters on a temporary basis.
A ship's lifeboat.
Vessels owned by either federal, state, county or municipal governments within the U.S.