Boating Laws and Regulations

Delaware Boating Safety Education Requirements

A Delaware Boating Safety Education Certificate (also referred to as the Delaware Boating License) is required onboard for all boaters born after January 1, 1978 when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Delaware boating regulations.

The online Delaware Boating License satisfies this state requirement. Passing the online exam allows you to obtain the Delaware Boating Safety Education Certificate and get out on the water right away!

Age Restrictions

  • Personal watercraft operators must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Personal watercraft operators aged 14 and 15 require adult supervision onboard to operate, in addition to a valid Boating Safety Education Certificate.
  • All boaters or passengers 12 years of age and younger on the deck or cockpit must be wearing their PFD while the vessel is underway.

Important Note

The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Delaware. For a complete listing of Delaware's boat operating rules and regulations, please consult Delaware Divison of Fish and Wildlife website.

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

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