Applying for a Boating License

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If you have never operated a boat and want to, you may find yourself in need of a boating license. Much like a driver’s license to drive a car, a boating license is a legal document needed in some states to operate a motorized boat safely.

My-DMV.org has done the research for you in every state for the information you need to get you out boating safely. Boats are considered water vehicles and while some states require a license to operate, other states require boating safety courses to familiarize you with the boating and safety laws in your state. Applying for a boating license in some states is done at the DMV, while other states take applications through other agencies such as parks and recreation departments, department of natural resources and city halls. Making your personal application for the boating license isn’t that complicated.

As you would expect there to be: fees, training and personal documentation required for the
license application.

Operating Vessel and Boat Safety

All states have age restrictions to operate motorized boats. In one state if you are 12 you may operate a small boat with no higher than a 15 HP engine once the 12-year-old meets safety requirements. To that example, the minimum age in other states for the same specifications of the boat, the operator is required to be 16 or over. In another direction, there are states that let 9-year-olds operate little skip type boats with a 6 HP engine legally. Now we have established each state has certain age requirements for different typed of motorized boats. There is much more to know about. My-DMV.org has lots of research for you to learn from.

There are Boating Safety Courses to attend in all states. Some courses are mandatory and others not. Instruction usually is a one-day class lasting between 5-6 hours. The courses are designed to instruct you how to safely launch your boat, navigation laws, beacon and lighting, speed and distance, passing and overall safe operation.

Advice is given on mooring, fueling safety, how to handle boating emergencies and bad weather operation. Further maintenance of your boat is usually covered. A list of safety and essential equipment should be covered in the course. Certificate of completion ID cards are earned with the course. ID card will be required to have on you when operating any vessel.

There are levels of vessel safety courses for larger boats. In many states, your boat is required to have insurance and the boater safety course will help bring down the pricing on a boat policy.