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To obtain Alabama boater safety certification, you must be 12 years of age or older and go to a Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Examining Office in your county of residence. There you will fill out the application form, pay the Certification Application Fee, and present your proof of certification of examination (course completion certificate). You also must provide identification to the license examiner.

Identification may consist of, but is not limited to, one of the following:

  • Birth certificate—original or certified copy (required for juvenile)
  • Certified school record (required for juvenile)
  • Marriage license
  • Original Social Security card (required for juvenile and non-residents)
  • Passport
  • Military identification
  • I-94
  • Valid Alabama or out-of-state driver's license
  • DD 214
  • Resident alien papers

Your Alabama boater safety certification will appear as a 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.

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