Boating Laws and Regulations

Age Restrictions

No one under the age of 12 may operate a motor powered vessel over 8 horsepower unless:

  • They are under direct supervision of a responsible adult (at least 18 years old) who is onboard.
  • Emergency situations.

All boaters or passengers under the age of 12 must be wearing a Coast Guard approved Type I, II or III PFD while onboard a vessel is underway.

Important Note

The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Arizona. For a complete listing of Arizona’s boat operating rules and regulations, please consult the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at

Boating License or Boating Safety Education Certificate... is there a difference?

The boating safety education certificate is proof that you have successfully completed a boating safety course. The certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore, it is NOT a Arizona Boating License!