Register a Boat in Alabama

Get your AL boat license (or registration) and experience boating in the deep south by taking the family out on one of the many lakes, reservoirs or rivers. Just remember, before you take to the waterways for the first time, you will need to know all of the Alabama boating rules and regulations.

Register Your Boat
Boat Registration

ALABAMA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all who use Alabama’s waterways, recreational boaters need to follow the state’s boating laws. Learn more about vessel capacity, navigation rules, what to do if caught in foul weather, personal floatation device (PFD) requirements and which VHF channels to use.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
When you apply for your boat registration, you will have to pay a registration fee. The amount of the registration fee depends on the length of the boat you are registering. Registration fees are collected to help contribute to the maintenance and conservation of state waterways.

ALABAMA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • You need to register all mechanically propelled vessels, sailboats, and boats for hire in the state.
  • All vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard are required to register with the state.
  • You must register your new boat within 72 hours. If you buy a used boat that is currently registered with the state, you must make an application for transfer within 15 days.