Do I Need a Driver's License to Drive a Boat?

Do I Need a Driver's License to Drive a Boat?

Do you need a driver’s license to operate your boat? The simple answer is no, but every state has different rules and regulations for operating a water vessel – personal watercraft or sailboat. Some states require a boating license, while other states require a boating safety and education certificate. Fall is a great time of year to understand and learn your state's guidelines and requirements... and complete any boat courses needed. 

Most frequently, boat license courses and boat license tests can be completed online. The boating state board education courses can be completed online as well. An interesting side note – you don’t need a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.

Consider the following steps when looking to get your boating license or boater education card:

  • Review and study for the required course and then successfully pass the test.
  • Submit payment after course completion.

  • Just like your auto driver's license, it is mandatory that you carry your boat license or completion certificate with you whenever you are on the water.

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