Missouri Boating Laws and Regulations

Passing this Boating license course will complete your online safety education for Missouri.

Do you need Missouri Boating education?

Missouri

You need education if you were born after Jan. 1, 1984, and will be operating a vessel on any Missouri lake.

There is no minimum age requirement to take the Boat Missouri.

You do not have to be a resident of Missouri to take this online course.

Elsewhere

Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Age and Operator Restrictions

All persons must be at least 14 years of age to legally operate a motorboat or PWC unless under the direct, onboard supervision of a parent, guardian, or other person 16 years of age or older.

Enforcement

Missouri 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 Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card 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 Missouri Boating License.

Even if not required by law to get the Missouri 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 Missouri an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Missouri course, and practice what you learn.

Reciprocity

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 Missouri Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions