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Missouri Boater Education Requirements

New Boater Education Law:

Missouri Residents:
Beginning January 1, 2005, all persons born after January 1, 1984, who operate any vessel on the lakes of the state of Missouri must have on board his or her boating safety identification card issued by the Missouri State Water Patrol. The card is obtained by successfully completing a boating safety course approved by the Missouri State Water Patrol. Beginning January 1, 2006, the boating safety identification card requirement also applies to nonresidents.

Non-Missouri Residents:
Beginning January 1, 2006, nonresidents of Missouri may obtain a temporary boater education permit for the purpose of renting a vessel, in lieu of the boating safety identification card requirement above. The temporary permit is obtained by successfully completing an examination approved by the Missouri State Water Patrol and is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.

Boater Education:
Missouri boaters have three ways to become certified in boating safety. By becoming certified, you will have a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water and you may save money on vessel insurance.

By Video:
You and your family can take this boater education course in the convenience of your home aided by an informative video and an instruction manual. Study and learn at your own speed. Upon successful completion of the mail-in test, you will receive a Missouri boating safety certificate. Call 1-800-830-2268 for information.

Over the Internet:
Learn what you need to be a safe boat operator online! The complete course with exciting visuals awaits you on the Net. Interactive graphics help you learn and retain information on boating safely in Missouri. Successfully complete the online test and you will receive a State of Missouri boating safety certificate by mail.
Online Boating Course

In a Classroom:
Share the learning experience with other interested students and a qualified instructor. Missouri State Water Patrol can help you find a classroom course in your area.
Classroom Courses

Additional Links:
Missouri State Water Patrol
Missouri Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities