Washington Boating License

Washington Boater Safety Course

In Washington, all boaters must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission in order to operate a motorboat with greater than 15 hp. Boaters are required to carry the Washington State Boater Education Card as proof of boater education.

Boating Age Requirements

  • No person under the age of 12 can operate a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater
  • No person under the age of 14 may operate a personal watercraft (PWC)
  • In order to rent a personal watercraft (PWC), a person must be at least 16 years of age

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators in the state of Washington must be at least fourteen (14) years of age.

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This official Washington State boating safety course is approved by the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission.

Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
PO Box 42650
Olympia, Washington, 98504

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Have a quick question about Washington boating regulations? A great first stop is our Washington State Boating Laws page where we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about state boating laws, like who needs a Boater Education Card.

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