Re: License Questions


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Posted by Bluerod on March 26, 2004 at 12:12:07:

In Reply to: License Questions posted by David price on March 26, 2004 at 10:59:30:

http://www.boat-ed.com/al/handbook/certification.htm#age

I'd suggest that he go ahead and get certified/licensed; my daughter did this on line last year and the studying process taught her much concerning the real dangers that might present themselves.

Direct from the state link above: "Certification Requirements for Alabama Residents
If you were under 12 years of age as of January 1, 2002: You may obtain your Alabama Boater Safety Certification after you turn 12 years old. After obtaining the certification, you may operate a vessel only if a person 21 years old with a valid Alabama Boater Safety Certification is onboard and in position to take immediate physical control of the vessel. After you turn 14 years old, you may legally operate a vessel without supervision.
If you were 12 years of age or older as of January 1, 2002: You may obtain your Alabama Boater Safety Certification. After obtaining the certification, you may legally operate a vessel without supervision.
If you obtained certification by January 1, 2002: You may legally operate a vessel without supervision regardless of your age.
Certification Requirements for Residents of Other States
If you are 12 years of age or older, but less than 14, AND:
If you did not obtain certification by January 1, 2002: You may operate a vessel on Alabama waters only if a person 21 years old with a valid Alabama Boater Safety Certification is onboard and in position to take immediate physical control of the vessel. (Note: If the supervising person is also a non-resident, he or she is not required to have an Alabama Boater Safety Certification.) After you turn 14 years old, you may legally operate a vessel without supervision if you have a valid boater safety certification (either Alabama non-resident certification or certification from your home state) or if you operate less than 45 days per calendar year.
If you obtained certification by January 1, 2002: You may legally operate a vessel on Alabama waters without supervision with your valid boater safety certification (either Alabama non-resident certification or certification from your home state).
If you are 14 years of age or older: You may legally operate a motorized vessel on Alabama waters for up to 45 days per calendar year without supervision. After 45 days you must obtain a valid boater safety certification (either Alabama non-resident certification or certification from your home state)."


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