Boating Laws and Regulations

Florida Boating Safety Education Requirements

As of 2010, all boaters in Florida who were born on or after January 1, 1988 must have in their possession a valid Boating Safety Education ID Card when operating any motorized vessel of 10hp or more.

Exemptions to Education Requirement

You do not require a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card if:

  • You hold a valid U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator's License
  • You are operating on a private lake or pond
  • You are a non-resident of Florida and have completed a NASBLA-Approved course in your state
  • You are operating a vessel that has been purchased within 90 days or less (the bill of sale must be made available for inspection upon request)

Age Restrictions

  • No one under 14 may operate any personal watercraft (PWC) on Florida State Waters.
  • Children under the age of 6 must wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) when onboard any vessel.

Important Note

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

Boating License or Boater Safety Education ID Card... 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 Florida Boating License!