Official Alabama Boating Safety Course

Take this Alabama–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.

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Do you need Alabama Boating education?

You need education if you are at least 12 years old.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $34.95 online course.

  2. Finish any other requirements.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Alabama Boating Education Requirements

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 13 years can operate a vessel after obtaining the boater safety certification and only under the supervision of a person who is 21 years of age or older and who holds Alabama boater safety certification. Anyone who is 14 years of age or older can operate a vessel legally on Alabama waterways after obtaining the boater safety certification.

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There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Alabama to take this online course.

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What to Expect From Boat Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.

Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Comprehensive Instruction in Alabama Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Alabama. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

We’re people, not robots.

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

9:00 a.m. to midnight EST, seven days a week.

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Katy, Heidi, Josh, Misty, Liz, Allen, and Thomas.

1-800-830-2268 toll-free



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Alabama Approved

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ALEA Marine Police Division
Attn: Education Section
PO Box 304115
Montgomery, AL 36130

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

Alabama Boating License FAQs

The boater education certificate in Alabama is often called a “boating license.” While the certificate is often called an Alabama boating license, the certification does not expire and does not need to be renewed.

What is a vessel license?

The Alabama vessel license is a required proof of boater education that must be included on your Alabama driver’s license if you would like to operate a boat or motorized vessel of any kind. This is sometimes called an “Alabama boating license.”

In order to get a vessel license, you must:

  1. Bring proof of a completed boater certification course to the Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examining Office in your county of residence.
  2. Complete an application, pay the required fee, and answer the medical questions.
  3. Take your completed form to the Probate or License Commissioner’s office to have the required “V” class placed on your driver’s license.

If you complete a boater safety course, you do not have to complete the exam at your Alabama DMV.

How old do you have to be to get a boating license in Alabama?

Alabama boating laws require all boaters age 12 and over to obtain a vessel license by completing a boater safety course. The vessel license is sometimes called a “boating license.”

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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Alabama Boating students most frequently ask.

Alabama Frequently Asked Questions