GetMyBoat wants everyone to boat safely. Check out the United States Coast Guard website for information on federal laws and federal regulations, as well as navigation rules. Boat Ed offers safety courses by state and the USCG also provides a state-by-state list of laws.

Search below for helpful links for your state’s laws and regulations. Make sure to consider purchasing boat rental insurance before your trip. 

 

Boating Laws and Regulations by States 

Alabama

 

 

 

 

 

Alaska

 

 

 

 

Arizona

 

 

 

 

Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

California

 

 

 

Colorado

 

 

 

 

Connecticut

 

 

  • Boating on the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

 

 

Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho

 

  • Boating from Idaho Parks & Recreation

 

 

 

 

Illinois

 

 

  • Boating from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

 

 

 

 

Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

  • Boating from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

 

 

 

Louisiana

 

  • Boating from the State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 

 

 

 

Maine

 

  • Watercraft from the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

 

 

 

 

Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts

 

 

 

Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota

 

 

 

 

Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montana

 

 

 

 

Nebraska

 

 

  • Boating from Nebraska Game and Parks

 

 

 

Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey

 

 

 

 

New Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina

 

 

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

  • Boating from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

 

 

 

Ohio

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Utah

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

 

 

  • Boating from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

 

 

 

Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming