How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Alabama
Most new boats must be registered through the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources before they can be sailed.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any powerboat
- Hired boats
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Vessels using a temporary number.
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles.
- Boats registered in another state and not being used in Alabama for more than 90 days
- A ship's lifeboat.
- Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Alabama waters.
- Boats owned by the United States, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality.
- Commercial boats registered with the US Coast Guard.
- Boat trailers do not need to be licensed.
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting your local county Judge of Probate or License Commissioner or with the Marine Police Division office in Montgomery, AL with proof of taxes paid.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, previous registration, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title. The correct length of the vessel must be mentioned in the application in order to determine the class and fees.
Boat registration fees range from $20 to $100, depending on the size of the vessel. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees and the classes of vessels based on size.
- The current decal must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Alabama requirements.