Regulations

Rhode Island Boating Regulations

The Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education (also referred to as the Rhode Island boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management currently has a mandatory boater education requirement that requires all boaters born on or after January 1, 1986 to have the Rhode Island boating license on board when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Rhode Island boating regulations.

Many boating fatalities occur because boaters aren't educated about boating safety. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management believes that an educated boater is a safer boater.

Where can I get more information about Rhode Island boating regulations and the Rhode Island Certificate of Boating Safety Education?

You may visit Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for information, or you can contact us and we will be glad to answer any of your questions.

Education Requirement

Boater Education is required for all persons born after January 1, 1986 who operate a powered watercraft on Rhode Island waters.