Virginia Boating License

Virginia Boater Safety Course

For a personal watercraft (PWC), the minimum operator age is 14 and operators must complete and pass a boating safety course before they can operate. For a motorboat, there is no minimum operator age and there is no minimum age requirement to attend a NASBLA-approved boating safety course. Youngsters can operate a boat under direct supervision of a person who meets the boating safety education requirement.

Boating Age Requirements

  • No person aged 13 or younger may operate a PWC.
  • PWC operators who are 14 and 15 years of age must have proof of successful completion of an approved boater safety course that is approved by the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

  • As of July 1, 2012, all personal watercraft operators, regardless of age, must have proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course in order to operate a PWC
  • PWC operators who are 14 and 15 years old must have proof of successful completion of a NASBLA-approved boater safety course
  • No person 13 years of age or younger may operate a PWC

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This official Virginia boating safety course is approved by the State of Virginia's Department of Wildlife Resources.

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
7870 Villa Park Drive, PO Box 90778
Henrico, Virginia, 23228

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