Alabama boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Alabama. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of Alabama
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Marine Patrol Website
Alabama County Websites
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|Registration Overview||Alabama is a "registration only" state and does not issue titles for
boats. Registrations on non-exempt boats are administered by the Marine Patrol
Division in Montgomery and can also be handled from county offices. Although the
Marine Patrol offers little by way of registration information, such details can be
found on the county websites. Titling and registration are not offered in Alabama for outboard boat motors. However they
can be optionally listed on a boat registration records. Titling and registration
is not required for boat trailers in Alabama.
Boat registration numbers in Alabama begin with an "AL" designation
which is followed by four numbers and
then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented boats along with
registration sticker tabs.
Unless otherwise exempted, all mechanically propelled vessels, sailboats, and boats
for hire must become registered in Alabama. USCG documented vessels are also subject
to registration unless endorsed for commercial usage. Exceptions include vessels
which are registered in another state for a period not to exceed 90 consecutive
days, foreign registered vessels, and lifeboats. A complete listing of
exemptions may be found on the Marine Patrol website.
|Ownership and Liens||Alabama is a registration only state and does not issue boat titles.
Registration certificates may however serve as quasi-proof of ownership unless the
vessel is Coast Guard documented. Security interests in boats that are neither titled or
documented are therefore recorded through Uniform Commercial Code filings.
|Title Searches||Boat registration records in Alabama are maintained by the Marine
Patrol Agency. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general
public but registration information may be obtained by submitting a boat record
request form. It is also reported that the registration office will
confirm hull identification numbers and provide
telephone verifications on registration certificates
Business Entity Search
Public Record Vendors
Registration Information Request Form
UCC Online Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Alabama Marine Patrol|
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