Texas Boating License

Texas Boater Safety Course

Texas has a mandatory education law for certain boaters. All boaters born after August 31, 1993, must complete a TPWD-approved course and be certified with the TPWD to operate:

  • Any vessel over 15 horse power.
  • Any windblown vessel over 14 feet.
  • All personal watercraft



Additional Information

Exemptions for those born after August 31, 1993 include:

  • Operating your motorboat on private waters
  • Boaters who are accompanied by a person 18 or older who is exempt from mandatory education
  • Boaters who are residents of another state that have passed a TPWD-approved course in another state



Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

12 years of age or younger:
An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 12 years of age or younger is operating a PWC.

13 - 17 years of age:
An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 13 - 17 years of age is operating a PWC. Unless, the operator has successfully completed a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Approved Safe Boating Course. *

* Persons subject to this law must have a picture identification card and a boater certification card issued by the department in their possession.

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This official Texas boating safety course is approved by the State of Texas' Parks & Wildlife Department.



Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas, 78744
tpwd.texas.gov




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