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Oregon Boater Education Card

The following are the requirements for boat operators on Oregon waters.

  • The Oregon Mandatory Boater Education Law requires all boaters operating a boat powered by motor greater than 10 horsepower (hp) to complete an approved boater education course and apply for a permanent Boater Education Card. This card is required to be carried on board while operating your boat.
  • The law also establishes special requirements for younger boaters.
    • Those less than 12 years of age may not legally operate any size powerboat.
    • Those 12 to 15 years of age:
      • May legally operate a boat powered by a motor of 10 hp or less alone only if he/she has received his/her Boater Education Card and is carrying it on board.
      • May legally operate a boat powered by a motor of greater than 10 hp only if he/she:
        • Has received his/her Boater Education Card and…
        • Is accompanied on board and is under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or responsible person 16 years old or older who possesses a valid Boater Education Card. If the boat is a personal watercraft (PWC), the supervising person must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Boater Education Card.
    • Those 16 years of age or older with a Boater Education Card may operate a boat, including a PWC, without a supervising person on board.
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