Mississippi Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need Mississippi Boating education?
You need education if you were born after June 30, 1980, and will be operating a boat or PWC in Mississippi.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Mississippi to take this online course.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Age and Operator Restrictions
Those younger than 12 years of age must be accompanied on board by someone who is at least 21 years old.
Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the Mississippi 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 Mississippi an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Mississippi 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.”)
Get Certified Online!
Take this Mississippi–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.Lifetime Card
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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Jackson, MS 39211
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Mississippi Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions