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When ALEA refers to a “rebuilt vessel” what does that mean?
ALEA – Abandoned Vessels
My vessel was manufactured prior to 1972, but I would like to register my boat in Alabama. What do I need to do?
What is ALEA looking for during a vessel inspection?
What is the process for abandoned/unclaimed vessels in Alabama?
What documents are accepted as proof of ownership to title a vessel?
What vessels are required to be titled in Alabama?
What vessels are optional to be titled in Alabama?
What vessels are not required to be titled in Alabama?
What is a vessel?
What is a Personal Watercraft?
What is a documented vessel?
What is a foreign-documented vessel?
When am I supposed to apply for a vessel title in Alabama?
What are the vessel title application requirements?
How do I get a hull identification number (HIN) assigned to my vessel?
What are the vessel title application fees?
When ALEA refers to a “homemade vessel” what does that mean?
Vessel Hull Identification Number (HIN)
How do I apply for a surety bond?
What are the requirements for names and signatures?