West Virginia Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need West Virginia Boating education?
You need education if you were born on or after Dec. 31, 1986, and will be operating a motorboat or PWC in West Virginia.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of West Virginia to take this online course.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Age and Operator Restrictions
Those 12 to 14 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC only if:
- They have completed a boating safety education course and...
- If they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older on board the vessel or the vessel’s motor is 10 hp or less.
West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the West Virginia 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 West Virginia an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat West Virginia 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 West Virginia Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions