September 15, 2021

Florida Boating Rules and Regulations


Boating rules, laws and regulations vary from state to state, it’s important to know about boating safety, life jacket requirements, minimum age necessary to operate a boat or personal watercraft (PWC), and trailer registration requirements.


  • Resident License and/or Education Requirement: All Florida residents born after January 1, 1988 who operate powered watercraft 10 hp or greater must carry a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card.
  • Life Jacket Requirements: 6 and under must wear a PFD.
  • Minimum Age to Operate a Vessel: No age requirement.
  • Minimum Age to Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC): Operators of personal watercraft must be at least 14 years of age. 
  • Boat Trailer Registration Requirements: Boat trailers must be titled and registered.

For more information about detailed boating rules, regulations, and laws in Florida, visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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