All mechanically propelled (motor) boats are required to be
registered. A sailboat must also be registered even if it does not have a motor. Boat
registrations may be completed at any Madison County License Department location. Renewals can be
mailed in or renewed online at www.renewyourtag.com. Your boat registration must be renewed annually during your designated renewal month.
The first letter of your last name
determines the month in which your renewal is due.
To Register a new boat (that has never been registered anywhere) or a
boat that has been registered in another state and brought into Alabama for registration, an
Application for Boat Registration, Transfer and Replacement (see forms
section) must be completed. Your out-of-state registration, if available, must be presented
with the application.
To transfer a vessel without current registration into a new owner's name
and renew registration, an Application for Boat Registration, Transfer and Replacement must be
completed. Sales tax will also be collected if applicable.
WILL I NEED TO
COMPLETE OR BRING ANY OTHER INFORMATION?
You will need to present a Bill of Sale
for the boat. If you do not have a Bill of Sale, you must complete an Affidavit listing the amount
you paid for the boat.
Sales tax will also be collected if necessary at the time of
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TRANSFER MY BOAT?
There is a 72
hour grace period for the registration of a new boat (a boat without any prior registrations).
you purchase 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 used.