State regulations in Florida have made it mandatory to hold a valid Boating Safety Education ID Card for boaters. This is only applicable to those born on or after January 1st, 1988 and are riding a boat that offers 10+hp.
Exemptions for Boating Safety Education ID Card
There are certain factors where an ID card isn’t required such as:
- The vessel is being used on a private pond or lake
- The individual already possesses a U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator’s License
- The individual is a non-resident of Florida but has taken a NASBLA-approved course from their state
- The vessel is being used within 3 months of the POS (point of sale) and the receipt is available for inspection.
For an individual to own, rent, and/or operate a vessel in Florida, they are required to be 30+ years old with a valid driver’s license. Those between 25-30 can also own, rent, and/or operate a vessel in Florida as long as they have both a valid driver’s license and a Boating Safety Education ID Card.
Anyone below the age of 12 is required to wear a well-fitted Personal Flotation Device (i.e. life jacket) when sitting onboard.
For more information on Florida’s rules and regulations for boating, take the time to read through the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission website. It’s also recommended to go through the online boating safety course to learn more.