Indiana Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need Indiana Boating education?
You need education if you are at least 15 years old and will be operating a motorboat or PWC but do not have an Indiana driver’s license.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Indiana to take this online course.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Age and Operator Restrictions
No one under 15 years of age may legally operate a motorboat greater than 10 hp or a PWC.
Boaters who are 15 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC until they become a licensed driver only if they complete a boater education course approved by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and have on board an ID card issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
A person who has never been licensed by the BMV must complete an approved boater education course successfully and have on board an ID issued by the Indiana BMV to operate a motorboat legally.
All other motorboat or PWC operators must have a valid vehicle driver’s license to operate on all Indiana public waters.
Indiana law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?
The Indiana Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Indiana Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the Indiana boating education card, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.
Do your part to make boating in Indiana an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Indiana course, and practice what you learn.
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Indiana Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions