Oklahoma Boating Laws and Regulations

Do you need Oklahoma Boating education?


You need education if you are 12 to 15 years old and will be operating a boat or PWC over 10 hp or a sailboat 16 feet or longer in Oklahoma.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

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


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

Age and Operator Restrictions

A child under 12 years of age may not operate, under any circumstances, a vessel powered by a motor or combination of motors over 10 hp, a personal watercraft (PWC), or a sail-powered vessel 16 feet or more in length.

A child 12 years of age or older but not yet 16 years of age may operate a vessel powered by a motor or combination of motors over 10 hp, a personal watercraft (PWC), or a sail-powered vessel 16 feet or more in length only if all of the following conditions are met.

  • He or she has successfully completed an approved boating safety education course or passed a proctored equivalency examination and has received a Oklahoma Boater Education Certificate and…
  • He or she is supervised by a competent person who is at least 18 years of age.
    • If the vessel is other than a personal watercraft: The supervising person must be on board and in position to take immediate control of the vessel.
    • If the vessel is a PWC: The person must supervise visually within 500 yards of the PWC.


Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Boating License.

Even if not required by law to get the Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions