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Who needs to take the Alabama boaters safety course?

All persons who operate a motorized boat on Alabama waters need to obtain an Alabama Vessel License. You must be at least 12 years old to get your license.® is a delegated provider for the ALEA Marine Police Division.

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As a final step, a state-required in-person component is needed to obtain certification.

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Alabama Boat Operators Certification/License

Alabama Boater Safety Course

In Alabama, all operators must either pass a state proficiency exam or complete a boater safety course approved by the Alabama Marine Patrol Division in order to operate a motorboat with greater than 15 hp. Boaters must carry their vessel operator's license as proof of boater education.

Boating Age Requirements

  • Persons who are under the age of 12 may not, in any instance, operate a motorized vessel including personal watercraft
  • Boat operators must be at least 12 years of age to receive their Alabama Boat Operators Certificate

The Boating Safety Enhancement Act which came into effect on January 1, 2002 set the minimum age for operating a motorized vessel without direct adult supervision at 14 years of age. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule; the following may operate a vessel without adult supervision:

  • Residents of the state of Alabama who were 12 years of age or older on January 1, 2002 that have obtained their Boat Operators Certificate
  • Residents of the state of Alabama who had obtained a Boat Operators Certificate prior to January 1, 2002
  • Non-Residents aged between 12 and 14 years, who had obtained a Boat Operators Certificate in their home state prior to January 1, 2002
  • A non-resident, 12 years old but less than 14 years old, who has not obtained an operator’s license or who has an operator license from his or her home state may not operate a vessel unless there is a person, 21 years old or older, with a valid operator’s license (unless a non-resident) on board and in a position to take immediate physical control of the vessel if necessary
  • Non-residents 14 years old or older may operate alone in Alabama under the 45-day grace period

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators in Alabama must be at least twelve (12) years old but cannot operate without adult supervision until at least fourteen (14) years of age.

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This official Alabama boating safety course is approved by the ALEA Marine Police Division.

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AL Boating Regulations E-Book

Downloadable Alabama State Specific Boating Rules
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FAQs about getting a Alabama Boating License

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


How much does the boat safety course cost?


There is a one-time fee of $39.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam.


What payment methods are accepted?


We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.


What is the "Certificate of Completion"?


The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.


What is the Alabama Boat Operators Certification/License?


The Boat Operators Certification/License (also known as the Alabama boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Alabama. The Boat Operators Certification/License appears as a "V" class on your Alabama Driver's License.


I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Alabama boater license?


If you do not have the Alabama driver's license you will be issued an Alabama "Vessel Only" license by the Department of Public Safety.


How can I get my Alabama boating license?


You can obtain your Alabama boater license in 4 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $39.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Alabama Boaters Safety Course
  3. Receive your Certificate of Completion by mail within 1-2 weeks
  4. Go to a Department of Public Safety Driver License Examiner's Office to have your driver's license endorsed, or to obtain a "vessel only" license. NOTE: Other fees apply at the Driver's License Office. Visit for more information

NOTE: Additional fees are collected at the Department of Public Safety. A one-time application fee of $5, along with a $23 fee for issuance of a new license will be charged. For more information visit

This official Alabama boaters safety course is approved by the ALEA Marine Police Division.


How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?


The boater license is good for life. It is renewed automatically with your state driver's license.


Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Alabama boating license?


Yes, there are certain exemptions from the boat safety education requirement. For more information, check out the Alabama Boating Laws page.


Is there a time limit to complete the online course?


You can take the online course at any time, day or night. However, courses must be completed within 90 days of payment at which time your access to the course will expire.


How many questions are on the exam?


The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.


What is the passing grade?


The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.
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