Maryland Boating License

Maryland Boater Safety Course

In Maryland, anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by The Maryland Department of Natural Resources in order to operate any numbered or documented motorized watercraft. Boaters are required to carry the Maryland Safe Boating Certificate as proof of boater education.




Boating Age Requirements

  • In Maryland, no one may operate a motor-powered vessel involved in towing activities if they are under the age of 12 (or under the age of 16 if operating a PWC).
  • Personal watercraft operators must be at least 16 years of age and have a boating safety certificate.

The only time operators are not required to have their Boater Education Certificate is under the following conditions:

  • If the operator is from out of country, operating a boat from out of country and is not in the state of Maryland for more than 90 days;
  • If the operator is 16 years of age or older is, a resident of another state, visiting MD for 60 days or less, or in a vessel numbered in another state; or…
  • If they hold a commercial vessel operator’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard

Boating Supervision Requirements

As of October 1, 2010, anyone under the age of 16, who is operating a motorized vessel of 11 feet in length or greater without a valid boating safety certificate, must be under the supervision of an individual 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid boating safety certificate, or an individual born before July 1, 1972.

If an individual under the age of 16 is operating a motorized vessel of less than 11 feet in length, a person of any age possessing a valid certificate of boating safety can provide supervision.




Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators must be at least 16 years of age and have a boating safety certificate.

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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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