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Kentucky Safety Education Card

Operators required to have a boater education certificate must carry it on board the vessel. These certificates are obtained by passing a boating safety course approved by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

Kentucky has the following requirements for vessel operators.

  • Those less than 12 years of age: May not legally operate any motorized vessel over 10 horsepower (including a PWC).
  • Those 12 to 17 years of age: May legally operate a motorized vessel over 10 horsepower (including a PWC) only if they:
    • Have passed an approved boating safety course and carry on board their boater education certificate or...
    • Are accompanied on board by a person 18 years old or older or by a person who possesses a boater education card.
  • Those 18 years of age or older: May operate any vessel on the waters of Kentucky without restrictions.
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