Find out what the laws are in your state for boating and trailering your boat.

The Reference Guide to State Boating Laws answers a number of questions related to recreational boating safety public law. Topics covered include boating education, operator age, water skiing, boat noise, numbering & titling, personal watercraft, boating under the influence, personal flotation devices and more. Courtesy of the National Association of State Law Administrators (NASBLA).

The Virginia Boating Safety Education Course Certificate (also sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Virginia boating license or Virginia Boater Education Card) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boating safety education course. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is gradually phasing-in the mandatory boater education requirement that has been law since 2007. In 2009 all PWC operators 20 years and younger must meet the requirement by July 1, 2009. A new block of boaters will be added each year until July 1, 2016 when all boaters who are not exempt shall meet the requirement.

  1. PWC operators 20 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2009
  2. PWC operators 35 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2010
  3. PWC operators 50 years of age or younger and motorboat operators 20 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2011
  4. All PWC operators, regardless of age, and motorboat operators 30 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2012
  5. Motorboat operators 40 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2013
  6. Motorboat operators 45 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2014
  7. Motorboat operators 50 years of age or younger shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2015
  8. All motorboat operators, regardless of age, shall meet the requirements by July 1, 2016

Where can I take my safe boating exam and get my Boater Education Card?

You can take your safe boating exam directly on the Internet at BoaterExam.com™. Once you pass the exam your boater education card is mailed to your home. In the meantime, you can print off a Certificate of Completion that can be used until your permanent boater education card arrives.

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