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How do I get my boating license in Missouri?

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Asked by: Sam Wilkinson

How long does it take to get a Missouri boating license?

Missouri Boating Safety Course
You can complete the state’s boating education requirement online at the link below. It takes about three hours and can be completed intermittently across several days. You can then print a temporary card good for 60 days before you receive your permanent card.

Do I need a license to drive a boat in Missouri?

Do you need a Boating License in Missouri? Missouri law requires all motorized boat and PWC operators born after January 1, 1984, to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.

How many questions are on the Missouri boating test?


The exam consists of 10 multiple choice boating questions, similar in difficulty to what you’ll find on the final exam.

How long does a boating license last Missouri?

Although it gives you “license” to legally operate a boat on Missouri waters, the boater’s card is not considered a boating license because it never expires. Upon completing an approved online course and paying the appropriate course fee, you’ll be able to print a temporary certificate on the spot.

What is required to operate a boat in Missouri?

Missouri’s Boater Education Law went into effect January 1, 2005. The law states that any person born after January 1, 1984 must successfully pass a Missouri Boater Education class/test before operating any motorized vessel ON THE LAKES OF THE STATE.

Do you need boat insurance in Missouri?

Am I Legally Required to Have Boat Insurance in Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas or Kansas? The short answer to this question is no. Unlike car insurance, which is mandatory for all Missouri vehicle owners, our state does not legally require a boat owner to be insured.

Can you drink on a boat in Missouri?

Missouri law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI)—that is, operating a vessel while intoxicated due to alcohol or any combination of alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs.

Can anyone drive a boat in Missouri?

Age and Operator Restrictions
All persons must be at least 14 years of age to legally operate a motorboat or PWC unless under the direct, onboard supervision of a parent, guardian, or other person 16 years of age or older.