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Reminder: All Boaters Must Have License
July 02, 2003
With the increase of boating activities during the summer months, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Police Division wants to remind all boaters about license requirements.
The Boating Safety Enhancement Act of 2001, effective
3. A non-resident, 12-14 years old, who has obtained a vessel license either in this state or his home state prior to
There are several ways to obtain your boater's certification. You can take the certification exam at the driver's license examiners office, take the state-approved online course at www.boat-ed.com , or you may attend an approved boating course such as the Marine Police Boating Basics Course, the U.S. Power Squadron Boating Course, or the
The operator's certification appears on the driver's license as a class and will automatically renew each time the license is renewed, unless the certification is revoked. If you are not a licensed driver, but have not been suspended or revoked, you may get a "vessel only" license. If you live out of state but boat over 45 days per year in
Many boaters mistakenly believe that if they have been "grandfathered in," they are exempt from the certification process altogether. According to the law, all boat operators must get certified. If you were born on or before
For information on classes being taught in various locations statewide, contact the Marine Police Division at (334) 242-3673 or 1-800-432-7389.