How to get a boating license

How to get a boating license

What constitutes a boating license, how it relates to boat registration, and how to obtain a boating license depends on your state. My son just got his driver’s license so my current state is “fear”. Seriously, folks, the best way to dig into the necessary boat records is to go to your state’s website that manages boat registration

Ignoring your state’s boating laws is not a good defense when there are problems along the way. Before loading the boat onto the trailer and heading to the lake, read the information and make sure you know exactly how to get a boating license and that you jump through all the correct tires. Some states issue a boating certificate, while others offer a boating card instead of a boating license.

A boating safety course is a good idea for a beginner and has fond memories for everyone else as boating laws can change. Study guides and practice exams may be available online from government agencies. When you investigate how to get a boating license, you may find that a boating license test is available online. Here, too, the requirements vary depending on the federal state. For example, TMF employee Tom Keer said, “As of January 1, 2018, California boating laws require people over the age of 16 to have a boater safety card. And if you are between 12 and 15 years old, you must be supervised by someone who is 18 years or older. “He also said that 70% of boating accidents in 2017 were operator errors. By explaining the rules of navigation, safely towing a trailer and starting, etc., a safety course will help you and everyone else stay safer on the water.

Regardless of training and testing, official evidence must be provided on board the ship that you know how to obtain your boating license. All the required information will be available once you start registering or renewing your boat registration. Without going overboard, just a little rigorous planning and boating research should help get the stress out of one of the ultimately best stress-reducing activities.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.