All vessels manufactured after 1972 are required by Federal Law to have a hull identification number affixed to the vessel by the manufacturer. This 12 digit number is normally located on the outside stern of the vessel on the right side, below the gunwale. This number must be included on the registration certificate and application for registration.
As of July 2009, HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS ARE REQUIRED
FOR MANUFACTURED VESSELS:
The boat registrant must present a bill of sale with the 12-digit hull identification number at the time of registration.
Any boat registration which lack a 12-digit hull identification number and require one will not be renewed without the proper identification number.
Boat owners with vessels manufactured after 1972 shall apply with the Marine Police Division for a hull serial number, which will be affixed to the transom of their boat. Contact the Alabama Department of Conservation, the Marine Police Division at 1-800-272-7930.
WHEN TO APPLY
There is a 72 hour grace period for the registration of a new boat/vessel.
If you buy a used boat that is currently registered with this state, you must make application for transfer within 15 days.
Used boats will not be registered without 12-digit hull id number and Alabama registration number. The only exception to the hull id rule is for boats manufactured in 1972 or before.
If you purchase a used boat with an expired registration, you must currently register the boat before it is driven.
If you purchase a boat that was used for rental purposes, the old number will have to be removed from the boat and a new one issued. No transfer will be necessary in this case.
**There is no grace period for registration of a used boat.**
First Registration and Renewal
Class I $20.00 Less than 16’
Class II $25.00 16’ but less than 26’
Class III $75.00 26’ but less than 40’
Class IV $100.00 40’ and over
Transfer - $3.00 plus $2.00 issuance fee plus any applicable sales tax.
(Applies to vessels with a current year registration but needs to be transferred into new owner's name.)
Transfer/Renewal - $3.00 plus $2.00 issuance fee and the correct class fee plus any applicable sales tax. Applies to vessels with no current registration that needs to be transferred into new owner's name.
Sales Tax - Sales tax rates range from 3.5% to 5% depending on the registration address. Sales tax should be paid in the county in which the boat is housed. Please contact the Boat Department at the Commissioner of License Office at 256 241 2900 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com for more information.
Any sales tax collected from a boat dealership shall be presented at the time of registration on an itemized bill of sale.
Individuals are not licensed to collect sales tax. Bills of sale from individuals shall list the boat (including AL registration number and hull identification number), trailer and any other accessories such as life jackets and fishing equipment separately. Sales tax will be collected at the time of registration.
NOTE: IF YOUR VESSEL IS BROUGHT INTO ALABAMA FROM ANOTHER STATE, THERE WILL BE NO TRANSFER FEE CHARGED, A NEW ALABAMA NUMBER WILL BE ISSUED. ALSO, IF PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED IN ANOTHER STATE, PLEASE SURRENDER LAST STATE REGISTRATION
To register a boat for the first time in your name, you will need to present a Bill of Sale. If you do not have a bill of sale, you will need to complete an affidavit at the time of registration.
Acceptable bills of sale will present the AL registration number (or AL number) and the 12 digit hull identification number. The only exception to 12 digit numbers is for boats manufcactured in 1972 and before.
Sales tax will be collected if applicable at the time of transfer. In addition, you will be required to complete an Application for Boat Registration, Transfer and Replacement.
Duplicates- $3.00 plus $2.00 issuance fee (certificate has either been lost or destroyed). This applies to registration certificates as well as replacement decals.
An Alabama boat registration is based on a staggered registration system. The first letter of an individual's last name determines the month of renewal. The renewal months in which a vessel owner shall register his vessel(s) is indicated below: