AL launches online boating ed course

Birmingham, AL - Alabama is the latest state to launch the new BoaterExam interactive boater education course as an online option to obtain the Alabama vessel operator’s license.

Now, Alabama residents will have access to an animated and narrated course they can take online when it’s convenient for them. This boating education course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), recognized by the US Coast Guard and covers 100 percent of the state’s exam requirements. course participants learn about boat classifications, hull designs, motors, legal requirements for registration and equipment, navigation rules, basic safety regulations and waterway marking systems all in a narrative fashion with more than 300 original illustrations and 150 animated video clips.

Each of the courses’ seven chapters is followed by chapter summaries and practice quizzes. Students also have access to’s industry exclusive toll-free customer service help line (1-866-764-2628) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (central), seven days a week.

All persons 12 years of age and older who operate a motorized vessel on Alabama waters are required to have their Alabama Vessel License (also referred to as the Alabama Boat Operator's Certificate or Alabama Boating License, which appears as a "V" class on your driver's license). The operator certification must be in possession at the time of operation.

The course and final exam is free: students pay a one-time fee of $29.95 only when they pass the final exam to obtain their official results. Once students pass the Boater Exam, a Course Completion Certificate is issued by the Alabama Marine Police within 1-2 weeks. Students then bring the resulting Certificate to their local Department of Public Safety, Driver’s License Examiner’s Office to have a boating license endorsement (“V” Class) placed on their driver’s license. Passing a boater education course may also result in a discount for boat or personal watercraft insurance.

For complete Alabama boating regulations visit . For more information on the new BoaterExam Alabama course, visit

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