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The boating laws of Virginia are enforced primarily by Conservation Police Officers employed by the VDGIF. These officers have full police powers and have the lawful right to stop and board your vessel at any time to check that you are complying with federal and state laws. The USCG also has enforcement authority on federally controlled waters. Although this is sometimes a minor inconvenience, treat the officers courteously because proper enforcement of regulations makes the water safer for you as well as others.

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Virginia Enforcement Officers
State and federal officers have the authority to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with laws.