Oregon Boating License

Oregon Boating Safety Course

Out-of-state boaters are required to carry their home states boating education card while operating a motorboat over 10 hp. If their home state doesn’t require or offer boating safety education, they will need to take the Oregon’s Boating Safety Education course and purchase and carry the Oregon card before operating on Oregon waters.

Boating Age Requirements

In Oregon, no one may operate a motorboat if they are under the age of 12.

Operators of powerboats greater than 10 horsepower, and youth 12-15 operating any size powerboat, are required to take a boater safety course on basic boating skills and/or pass a test to demonstrate basic boating knowledge. Upon successful completion of the test, the Oregon Boating Education Card can be obtained and must be carried on-board while operating.

Youth 12-15 years of age need to carry the Oregon Boating Education Card when operating boats 1-10 hp alone. When youth 12-15 years of age operate a powerboat over 10 hp, they must carry the Oregon Boating Education Card on-board AND a Card-holding adult (16 or older, 18 for personal watercraft) must be on-board in direct supervision.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators in Oregon must be at least 16 years old. Operators must have proof of successful completion of an approved Boating Safety Course. A Card-holding adult (18 and older) must be in direct supervision on the PWC when anyone 12-15 years of age is operating.

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Salem, Oregon, 97309-5065

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