Boating Laws and Regulations

Mississippi Boating Safety Education Requirements

All boaters on Mississippi waters who were born on or after June 30, 1980 must carry a valid Mississippi boater education card Mississippi Boating License while underway.

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

Age Restrictions

  • Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by someone 21 years of age or older in order to operate a boat.
  • Children 12 and younger must wear a PFD (lifejacket) at all times while the boat is underway.

Important Note

The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Mississippi. For a complete listing of Mississippi's boat operating rules and regulations, please consult Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks website at

Boating License or Boater Education 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 Mississippi Boating License!