Boating Laws and Regulations

Oregon Boating Safety Education Requirements

The Oregon Boater Education Card is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. ALL Oregon residents must now carry the Oregon boater education card when operating powerboats (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft) greater than 10 hp.

Exemptions to Education Requirement

You do not require an Oregon Boater Education Card if:

  • You hold a valid U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator's License
  • You hold a current commercial fishing license
  • You are an out-of-state or foreign visitor and will be boating in Oregon for less than 60 days or hold a boater education card from another state.
  • You are operating a vessel that has been purchased within 60 days or less (the temporary certificate of number must be made available for inspection upon request)

Age Restrictions

  • Children under 12 years old may not operate any power boat.
  • Children 12 to 15 years old are required to carry their Oregon Boater Education Card on-board AND have a Card-holding adult (16 years of age or older, 18 years of age for personal watercraft) on-board in direct supervision in order to operate a powered watercraft GREATER than 10 hp.
  • Children 12 to 15 years of age can operate a motorboat of 10 hp or less alone if holding a boater education card.
  • Children must be 12 years old to take their Oregon Boater Safety Course & Exam and receive their Boater Education Card.

Important Note

The online boating safety course covers a wide range of operating laws in Oregon. For a complete listing of Oregon's boat operating rules and regulations, please consult Oregon State Marine Board's website at

Oregon Boating License or Boater Education 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 Oregon Boating License!