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.

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 Boating Regulations and Laws

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.

Boating laws are different for each state and are subject to change, so check the Alabama boating rules and regulations and refresh your knowledge by taking a boat safety course near you.