September 15, 2021

Florida Boating Rules and Regulations

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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.

Florida

  • 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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