Minimum Ages for Education Certification
[Table 2.6]

 

State

Does your state certify minor boaters?

Other, please specify

What is the minimum age someone can be certified in your state?

Does your state have reciprocity for accepting out of state certification of minor boaters if the certification course meets NASBLA's Education Standards?

Alabama

Yes 

 

12 years old 

yes, Alabama accepts any NASBLA approved education course from any state in lieu of our state's course, providing the minor is 12 or older. 

Alaska

Other, please specify 

Anyone can obtain a course completion certificate 

Anyone can obtain a course completion certificate 

No mandatory education requirements for anyone 

American Samoa

No 

 

18 

 

Arizona

Yes 

 

10 years old 

Yes 

Arkansas

Yes 

 

If they can pass the test, they can be certified. 

Yes 

Australia

 

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

California

Yes 

 

No minimum 

NA no state certification of minors is required in CA. Only age requirement as specied: + 16 no supervision; 12-15 requires supervision of operating vessel with +15 h.p. 

Colorado

Yes 

 

14 YOA 

yes 

Connecticut

Yes 

 

no miimum age 

Only with NY, RI and MA 

Delaware

Yes 

 

no min age 

yes 

District of Columbia

Yes 

 

No minimum age 

Yes 

Florida

Yes 

 

No minimum, excpet for PWCs - which is 14. 

Yes. 

Georgia

Yes 

 

12 years of age 

Yes 

Guam

No 

 

 

 

Hawaii

Yes 

 

15 

Yes 

Idaho

No 

 

 

 

Illinois

Other, please specify  

between the age of 12-18yr. old  

10 years old, but may not operate alone until 12yr  

Yes, valid certificate issued by another state. 

Indiana

Yes 

 

Any one can take a boater education course 

Yes 

Iowa

Other, please specify 

Ages 12 through 17. 

No min. age. Yet can't operate alone until age 12. 

Yes. 

Kansas

Yes 

 

The minimum age to operate in Kansas without supervision is 12, if they have completed an approved boater education course. If they are supervised, there is no minimum age. 

yes 

Kentucky

Yes 

 

Age 12 

Yes 

Louisiana

Yes 

 

none  

yes 

Maine

No 

 

N/A 

N/A 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Maryland

No 

 

There is none 

Yes 

Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

Michigan

Yes 

 

No minimum 

No 

Minnesota

Yes 

 

12 y/o 

Yes - all NABLA approved courses are accepted, 

Mississippi

Yes 

 

10 to take course - 12 to operate boat 

yes but they still must be 12 

Missouri

Yes 

 

No minimum 

Yes 

Montana

Yes 

 

13 years of age 

Yes 

Nebraska

Yes 

 

14 

yes 

Nevada

Yes 

 

Competence to participate in the course 

Yes 

New Hampshire

No 

 

16 years of age 

no 

New Jersey

Other, please specify 

13 YOA and older 

13 

see answer to question 16 

New Mexico

Yes 

 

must be at least 13 years of age to operate  

yes 

New York

Yes 

 

10 for boats, 14 for pwc 

yes, only if they produce a state issued certificate 

North Carolina

Yes 

 

No minimum 

Yes 

North Dakota

Other, please specify 

Must be 12-15 and passed state course 

12 years 

Our state has reciprocity if the certification card is approved by the DNR or state agency in their resident state. 

Northern Mariana Islands

No 

 

16 

Yes 

Ohio

Yes 

 

No age limit as long as they can pass the test. 

Yes. 

Oklahoma

Yes 

 

12 

Yes - OK accepts all NASBLA approved courses. 

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Oregon

Other, please specify 

Yes see #20. Under 12 not allowed to operate 

12 

yes 

Pennsylvania

Yes 

 

no minimum 

Yes 

Puerto Rico

Yes 

 

12 years 

No 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

Yes 

 

no minimum 

yes 

South Carolina

Yes 

 

No minimum age requirement 

es 

South Dakota

No 

 

NA 

NA 

Tennessee

Other, please specify 

Born after Jan. 1, 1989 

11 but cannot operate alone until 12 

Yes, it must have the NASBLA logo on it. 

Texas

Other, please specify  

yes, ages 12-17 

12 

Yes 

Utah

Yes 

 

12 

No, Meeting NASBLA's standards are only one condition of reciprocity. 

Vermont

Yes 

 

Age 10. 

Yes. 

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

Virginia

Yes 

 

14 for personal watercraft operation 

yes 

Washington

Other, please specify 

must be 12 years of age 

12 years of age 

yes 

West Virginia

Yes 

 

No minimum 

Yes 

Wisconsin

Yes 

 

No min. age, but can't operate until age 12 

Yes, if what ever they possess meets the requirements of that state. 

Wyoming

Yes 

 

no minimum