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Official Alabama Boating Safety Course

Take this Alabama–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the ALEA Marine Police Division.

Alabama safety education card

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!

Do you need a Boating License in Alabama?

Any motorized boat operator over 12 years old is required by Alabama law to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.

ALEA Marine Police Division Requirements

You must be at least 12 years old 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.

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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.

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Alabama Approved

ALEA Marine Police Division logo

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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Alabama Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Alabama Boat Ed Course cost?

The Alabama Boat Ed Course fee is $34.95.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Alabama?

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Alabama Boat Ed Course?

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Alabama Boat Ed Course approved by the ALEA Marine Police Division?

The Alabama Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the ALEA Marine Police Division.

Is my Alabama Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion accepted elsewhere?

For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Boating License Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Alabama Boat Ed Course course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Proof of Home Study Voucher. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Proof of Home Study Voucher right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 365 days after course completion.

What is the permanent Alabama Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion?

The Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion will arrive within 2-3 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

If your card was lost, stolen, destroyed, or if your legal name has been changed, you may apply for a replacement card for a $5 fee.

Send a written request* and your $5 fee (payable by cash, certified check, or money order) to:
ALEA Marine Police Division
Attn: Education Section
P.O. Box 304115
Montgomery, AL 36130

*In the written request please include:

  • Name
  • Social Security # or birthdate
  • Date of class (if known; approximate year of class if date not known)
  • Location of class
  • Your mailing address

You may contact Jennifer Ames with the Alabama Marine Police at [email protected], 334-517-2938, or 1-800-272-7930, or Lisa Miles at [email protected], 334-517-2942, or 1-800-272-7930 with questions on certificates or to verify information in certification database.

We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)