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 Washington State Boater Education Card is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission is gradually phasing-in the mandatory boater education requirement that has been law since 2005. Starting in 2008 all boaters 20 years old and younger are required to have the Washington State Boater Education Card on board when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Washington State boating regulations. A new block of boaters will be added each year until 2015 when all boaters who are not exempt will be required to have the Boater Education Card.

Many boating fatalities occur because boaters aren't educated about boating safety. The Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission believes that an educated boater is a safer boater.

You can take your safe boating exam directly on the Internet at™. Once you pass the exam your boater education card is mailed to your home.

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