North Carolina Boating License

North Carolina Boater Safety Course

Any person born on or after January 1, 1988, must successfully complete a NASBLA-approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 hp or greater.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

  • There is a minimum age requirement of 14 years old, for those who wish to operate a PWC
  • All boaters who are at least 14 years old but less than 16, may operate a PWC only if they are under the direct supervision of a person who is either 18 years of age or older; or if they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course
  • No one under the age of 16 may rent a PWC unless they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course and are at least 14 years of age
  • Proof of age and safety course certificate must be with the youth during the operation of the PWC

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This official North Carolina boating safety course is approved by the State of NC's Wildlife Resources Commission.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission
1717 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1717

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