You need an Alabama Vessel Operator's License. You must be at least 12 years old to get your license.
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An Alabama boating license is required for all persons 12 years of age and older who operate a motorized vessel on Alabama waters. The boating license must be in the operator's possession at all times while on the water.
You do not require an Alabama boater license if:
If you do not have a valid Alabama Driver's License, you still need an Alabama boating license to operate on state waters. After you have passed the online boating license test you can obtain a "vessel only" license from the Department of Public Safety license bureau.
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The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Alabama. For a complete listing of Alabama's boat operating rules and regulations, please consult the Alabama Marine Police Division's website at www.outdooralabama.com