Mandatory Boater Education by State

This table is a summary of state mandatory education laws.  The dates reflect the born on or after date of the boat operator which is covered by the requirement.  All information is believed current as of 01/01/2016.  Check directly with the state boating authority for most up-to-date information.
 
State Education Required: Born on or after date All Powerboat Operators (Many defined by Horsepower Limits) Personal Watercraft (PWC) Education Required Education Required: Certain Ages Only No Boating Education Required
Alabama   Operator License Required      
Alaska        
American Samoa        
Arizona        
Arkansas  1/1/86        
California  In effect 1/1/18        
Colorado        
Connecticut    
All Ages
   
Delaware  1/1/78        
District of Columbia        
Florida  1/1/88        
Georgia  1/1/98        
Guam        
Hawaii In effect 11/10/14  
All Ages
   
Idaho      Rentals Only    
Illinois  1/1/98        
Indiana   Motor vehicle license required    
Iowa        
Kansas        
Kentucky        
Louisiana  1/1/84        
Maine         
Maryland  7/1/72        
Massachusetts        
Michigan  7/1/96        
Minnesota        
Mississippi  6/30/80        
Missouri  1/1/84        
Montana        
Nebraska  12/31/85        
Nevada 1/1/83        
New Hampshire        
New Jersey        
New Mexico  1/1/89        
New York  5/1/96   All Ages    
North Carolina 1/1/88        
North Dakota        
N Mariana Islands        
Ohio  1/1/82        
Oklahoma        
Oregon        
Pennsylvania 1/1/82    All Ages    
Puerto Rico  7/1/72        
Rhode Island  1/1/86    All Ages    
South Carolina        
South Dakota        
Tennessee  1/1/89        
Texas  9/1/93        
Utah        
Vermont  1/1/74        
Virginia        
Virgin Islands        
Washington        
West Virginia  12/31/86        
Wisconsin  1/1/89        
Wyoming