Do I need a license to operate a boat?

Hello, this is Keith, the boating guy.

You may be asking yourself, “Do I need a license to operate a boat?”

Well, in most places, you don’t need a license, but there are some states where you do. The license requirement varies from state to state, so be sure to check with your local state organizations, typically the DMV, to find out what the laws and regulations are for where you live.

Now, even if your state does not have a license requirement, which most of them don’t, it’s smart to take a boater’s safety education course to keep the time you spend out on the water safe and fun. Passing a boater’s education course might actually save you money on your insurance. Once you take the course and pass it, make sure you let your insurance company know. You may find that you’ll save 10%-15% off your boater’s insurance.

Check with your state authorities to determine if you need a license to operate a power boat in your state.

Well, good luck to you out there and I hope to see you out on the water. Remember, be safe.

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