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The following are the requirements for vessel operators on North Carolina waters.

  • A person born on or after January 1, 1988, may operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on North Carolina waters only if he or she:
    • Completes or passes a boating safety course that is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and accepted by the Wildlife Resources Commission or…
    • Has proof of other boating safety education in compliance with state laws (G.S. 75A-16.2).
  • Anyone operating a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more who is required to have boating safety education must:
    • Carry on board his or her boater education certification card or other proof of compliance and…
    • Make the card or other proof available upon request by an enforcement officer.
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