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Boater Education Cards

All boaters who operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower (hp) and youths 12-15 operating a motorboat of any size are required to take an approved boating safety course and apply/carry a boater education card. 

  • Youth must be 12 or older to get a boater education card. Youth ages 11 and under cannot operate a motorboat.
  • Youth 12-15 can operate a boat of 10 hp or less without an adult.
  • Youth 12-15 may operate a boat of more than 10 hp if accompanied by an adult 16 or older (18 or older for personal watercraft) who has a boater education card.
  • A person 16 or older will need a boater education card to operate a powerboat (including a PWC) greater than 10 hp. 
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Oregon Boater Education Card

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