Alabama Boating License

The wonder of Alabama is that it has held on to so much of its natural beauty, and perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the area's many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Alabama also has one seaport, which is located in Mobile and situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama's other ports are located on rivers, such as the Alabama River, Tennessee River and Tenn-Tom Waterway, with direct access to the Gulf. Alabama is an angler's haven, and a great deal, but not all, of the boating in the area centers on this activity in its many different forms. Alabama places great emphasis on nature and wildlife, so most boating opportunities have access to camping, trails and other outdoor activities.

Guntersville Lake, referred to locally as Lake Guntersville, is the largest lake in Alabama. It stretches nearly 75 miles, and it is one of the state's great boating destinations. Visitors come from all over the United States and other countries to fish and boat. There are charters and marinas on the lake as well as beaches, camping sites and an array of similar opportunities. The local authority allows all manner of boats and activities by dividing the lake into sections. You'll find swimming, motorboats, jet skis, houseboats, pontoon boats and so forth. There are hotels nearby and lodges on the lake, and there are lakeside as well as on-the-lake restaurants and entertainment.

Alabama Boat License: Vessel Operator License

The Alabama Boat License is required for all persons 12 and over who operate a powered vessel on Alabama's waters.

  • Free boat safety course online (pay only when you pass)
  • Fully narrated & interactive (over 150 animated videos)
  • Boat license test approved by the Alabama Marine Police
  • $29.95, paid only when you pass the test
Get Your Alabama Boating License!