ALEA’s 2024 Spring Boating Basics, License Courses in Full Swing

Published 11:32 pm Friday, March 22, 2024

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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division is currently offering its annual Boating Basics and License Courses in the state’s northern and central districts. 

The next class is scheduled for March 25 and 27, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Southern Academy in Greensboro. 

Each year, the Agency offers free hands-on classes that allow interaction with local ALEA Troopers and important information on issues within the local bodies of waters that citizens in the area may visit frequently.  

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Citizens who complete the Boating Basics course will receive a certificate in the mail after Troopers submit the individual’s information to the Agency’s Driver License Division. The Driver License Division will then add the vessel class to their Alabama Driver License. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days before the customer can go online to or visit their nearest county probate office to purchase their updated Alabama Driver License. Children 12 years old or older are eligible for a vessel operator’s license, however, they will not be able to operate alone until the age of 14.  

For more information, or to enroll in a class, please contact the Marine Patrol Instructor via the email provided on the schedule. A one-time application fee of $5 cash will be charged. There will be a $36.25 issuance fee for the license. 

Contant Senior Trooper Jeromy Johnson at to register for the Greensboro class.