North Dakota Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need North Dakota Boating education?
You need education if you are 12 through 15 years old, unaccompanied, and will be operating a power-driven vessel or PWC of 10 hp or more in North Dakota.
You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of North Dakota to take this online course.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Age and Operator Restrictions
Persons under 12 years of age may not operate a power-driven vessel (including PWC) that is propelled by a motor over 10 hp unless they are accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age.
Persons 12 through 15 years of age may not operate a power-driven vessel (including PWC) that is propelled by a motor over 10 hp unless they are accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age or they have successfully completed an approved boating safety course.
North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the North Dakota 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 North Dakota an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat North Dakota 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 North Dakota Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions