As of July 2009, HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS ARE REQUIRED 
FOR MANUFACTURED VESSELS:

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.

Boat owners with vessels manufactured prior to 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.

Download an application for a state-assigned hull identification number
 

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.

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.**
  

 

FEES

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

(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. Applies to vessels with no current registration that needs to be transferred into new owner's name.

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.  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)

RENEWALS

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:
 

January - A, D
February - B
March- C, E
April - F, G, N
May-H, O
June-M, I
July- P, L
August-J, K, R
September-Q, S, T
October-U, V, W, X, Y, Z and all registered under company names. All dealers and liveries.
 
All boat renewals and registrations may be completed at either the Calhoun County Administration Building, the Alexandria Community Center or the Alvin E. Gibbs County Annex in Piedmont.  You may also renew your boat registration through the mail or via the internet by Clicking Here to Renew.


Boating License Information:
Information involving boating licenses can be obtained from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Marine PoliceDivision. The boating booklet and test are available on-line. Once certification is obtained, you may add your vessel endorsement at the Jacksonville State Troopers Examining Post, or any examination office in the state of Alabama. Vessel licenses cannot be issued in either the Anniston or Piedmont locations of the Commissioner of License offices.