How To Use This Manual


Every person who operates a motorized vessel on Alabama’s waterways must have obtained Alabama boater safety certification. You may obtain Alabama boater safety certification by showing valid proof of passing an approved boating safety course (see How To Obtain Boater Certification) or by passing a certification exam given by the Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division. This manual is designed to prepare you to take the certification exam given by the Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division.

Take the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division Certification Exam

If you choose to obtain your Alabama boater safety certification by taking the exam given by the Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Division, you should:

  1. Study this manual to prepare for the exam.
  2. Go to the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examining Office in your county of residence to take the 25-question exam. You will be required to present personal identification.
  3. Upon passing (answering 20 of the 25 questions correctly), apply for your Alabama boater safety certification. You will have the “V” class placed on your automobile driver’s license. Or, if you do not have an automobile driver’s license, you will be issued a “Vessel Only” license.

Or … Take the Online Course and Certification Exam

You can take an approved boating safety course online at
www.boat-ed.com/alabama

After passing the online exam, you will be mailed a course certificate from the Alabama Marine Police. Take this certificate and personal identification to the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examining Office in your county of residence to have the “V” class placed on your automobile driver’s license. Or, if you do not have an automobile driver’s license, you will be issued a “Vessel Only” license.

Stay up-to-date on new boating laws …

For state boating law information, call the Alabama Marine Police Division at 334-242-3673 or visit www.outdooralabama.com. For federal boating laws, visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s boating safety website at: www.uscgboating.org.

Information in this manual does not replace what is specifically legal for boating in Alabama, which is found in Alabama Code and federal laws.

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