Education Exemptions
[Table 2.2]

 

State

Are non-residents exempt from having to take a boating education course in your state?

Other, please specify

Are U.S. Coast Guard licensed operators exempt from having to take a boating education course in your state?

Other, please specify

Are any other persons exempt from having to take a boating education course in your state? Please list.

Alabama

Other, please specify 

Non-residents may operate for 45 days per calendar 

Yes 

 

Anyone born prior to 4/28/1954 must be licensed to operate a vessel, but does not have to complete an education course to obtain the license. 

Alaska

Other, please specify 

See 11 

Other, please specify 

See 11 

 

American Samoa

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona

Other, please specify 

N/A 

Other, please specify 

N/A 

N/A 

Arkansas

Other, please specify 

We will accept another state's approved course. 

Other, please specify 

Only if they are born before 1986. 

N-A 

Australia

 

 

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

California

Other, please specify 

Not applicabe unless they are convicted of offense 

Other, please specify 

N/A , exempt unless ordered by courts 

N/A. All persons are exempt unless ordered by courts 

Colorado

No 

 

No 

 

 

Connecticut

Other, please specify 

yes for 60 days for a boat - no exemption for PWC 

Yes 

 

persons operating a vessel not required to be numbered 

Delaware

No 

 

Yes 

 

 

District of Columbia

No 

 

No 

 

 

Florida

Other, please specify 

If they have completed NASBLA-approved course. 

Yes 

 

that occurs during the operation of the vessel; who is a nonresident who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a boater education course or equivalency exam in another state which meets or exceeds Florida‚Äôs boater education requirements.  

Georgia

No 

 

No 

 

All operators 16 and over are exempt. 

Guam

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

No 

 

No 

 

No 

Idaho

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois

No  

 

Other, please specify  

older than than the age requirement  

No  

Indiana

Other, please specify  

15 yr old non-residents can not obtain an IN ID  

Yes 

 

Indiana does not have mandatory boater ed requirements except for resident 15 yr olds who operate a motorboat with a moter greater than 10 hsp. or PWCs 

Iowa

Other, please specify 

Yes, IF they have a NASLBA approved certif. 

No 

 

Anyone age 18 or over. 

Kansas

No 

 

No 

 

 

Kentucky

No 

 

Yes 

 

 

Louisiana

No 

 

No 

 

Those who are above the min age requirment 

Maine

no 

 

Other, please specify 

N/A 

No Mandate 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland

Other, please specify 

There's a 30 day waiver for out-of-state residents 

Yes 

 

Commercial watermen who are operating a vessel while working 

Massachusetts

Other, please specify  

Yes, if they've taken a Nasbla course elsewhere. 

No  

 

 

Michigan

No 

 

No 

 

No 

Minnesota

No 

Exempt if they have taken one in their own state 

No 

 

Adults or operators of non-motorized watercraft or boats 25 hp or less. 

Mississippi

No 

 

No 

 

 

Missouri

No 

 

Yes 

 

Full-time Military Personnel and their Spouse. 

Montana

No 

 

Yes 

 

NA 

Nebraska

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

no 

Nevada

Other, please specify 

Must meet home state requirment 

Yes 

 

Persons from states with no requirement have no requirement 

New Hampshire

No 

 

Yes 

 

People who have completed a US power squardron course, or certificate issude by another state and NASBLA approved. 

New Jersey

No 

 

Yes 

 

Out of State residents, at least 16YOA, and who will be in NJ for less than 90 days, who do not possess a NJ certificate, may operate a power vessel if they possess any of the following: A boat safety cert from their state of residence Written proof of successful completion of a boat safety course endorsed or approved by another state, the USCG or NASBLA.  

New Mexico

No 

 

Yes 

 

thos renting a motorboat for 30 days or fewer and have received instructions on safe boat operation and received a summary of boating law from the rental company. 

New York

Yes, provided they carry their state certificate if otherwise required by New York State. 

Canadian CG licensed operators as crew. 

Yes 

 

police , fire and life guard performing their offical duties. 

North Carolina

No 

 

Other, please specify 

We accept all NASBLA approved courses.  

No 

North Dakota

Other, please specify 

Must have completed a state certified course. 

Yes 

 

Anyone completing a state certified course in the state they lived in. 

Northern Mariana Islands

No 

 

No 

 

None 

Ohio

No 

 

No 

 

No rental business shall lease or rent a powerboat of more than 10 horsepower to a person born on or after January 1, 1982 unless the person has completed an approved boating course (above law)or passes an abbreviated exam with a score of 90% or better (just for term of rental agreement). 

Oklahoma

Other, please specify  

Yes- if completed any NASBLA approved course  

Other, please specify 

Yes, due to age restriction of ed requirement  

1. Persons who have proof they have successfully completed a NASBLA approved course in another state. 2. Persons participating in a sanctioned event. 3. Persons operating in a No-Wake zone at a no wake speed while under supervision of an adult.  

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon

Yes 

 

Yes  

 

Commerical Fishermen with valid commercial fishing license; anyone attaining the status of Coast Guard Crewman or Coxswain 

Pennsylvania

No 

 

Yes 

 

 

Puerto Rico

No 

 

Other, please specify 

They have to take 430 Law Conference 

 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

Other, please specify 

exempt if they meet the requirements of their state 

Yes 

 

any person completing a NASBLA approved course 

South Carolina

No 

 

 

 

 

South Dakota

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

There are no mandatory boating ed requirements in SD. 

Tennessee

Yes 

must show NASBLA cert if born after 1/1/89 

Yes 

 

No 

Texas

No  

 

Yes  

 

No  

Utah

No 

 

 

 

We have reciprocity with a number of states if their PWC education program is similar to ours. 

Vermont

No 

 

Yes 

 

Only persons born before January 1, 1974. 

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Those in possession of a marine certificate issued by the Canadian government; those who pass an equivalency (challenge) exam; those operating under the onboard direct supervision of a person meeting the education requirement; commercial fishermen; law-enforcement officers while engaged in the performance of their official duties.  

Washington

Other, please specify 

non residents may operate for 60 days 

Other, please specify 

exempt only when operating vessel under license  

Many other exemptions see attached 

West Virginia

Other, please specify 

same as #12 

Yes 

 

 

Wisconsin

No 

 

No 

 

No 

Wyoming

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

no mandatory ed