Roberson/Archer Act of 1994 requires that every person who
operates a motorized vessel, including Personal
Watercrafts (PWC) on the waters of Alabama must first
obtain an Alabama boater safety certification. Does not
apply to operators of sailboats, rowboats or canoes.
licensing of boat operators began in all Alabama counties
July 17, 1997 under the Boating Safety Reform Act. You
must be at least 12 years of age to operate a motorized
vessel on Alabama's waterways. You also must be licensed.
A written examination is required for applicants, except
those who were 40 or older on April 28, 1994, or those who
have successfully completed boating courses given by the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron or the
Alabama Marine Police "Boating Basics" course.
The vessel class "V" must be added to your
license if you intend to operate a motorized vessel. This
legislation, which also provides sanctions for drunken
driving and other offenses, has been hailed as the
toughest boating safety act in the country.
may apply and be tested as necessary at Department of
Public Safety Driver License Offices across the state.