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Mandatory Boating Safety Education Certificate

Unless exempted below, beginning on January 1, 2001, no person born on or after December 31, 1986, may operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on any waters of this state without first having obtained a certificate of boating safety education from this or any other state. The certificate must have been obtained by satisfactorily completing a course of instruction in boating safety education administered by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary; the United States Power Squadron; the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; any person certified to teach the course administered by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources boating safety education section personnel; or any person authorized to teach the course prescribed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in this or any other state.

This certificate must be in the possession of the person operating a motorboat or personal watercraft on the waters of this state. The operator shall show the certificate on demand of any West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer or other law-enforcement officer authorized to enforce the provision of the West Virginia Code.

Exemptions

1. A person who is a nonresident of this state and who is visiting the state for 60 days or less in a motorboat or personal watercraft from another state if that person:

a. Is fifteen years of age or older; and

b. Has been issued a boating safety education certificate by his or her state of residence in accordance with the criteria recommended by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

2. A person who is visiting the state for ninety days or less in a motorboat or personal watercraft from a country other than the United States.

3. A person who is operating a motorboat or personal watercraft in connection with commercial purposes.

4. A person who is operating a motorboat or personal watercraft which was purchased by the person within the previous forty-five-day period and who has not been previously charged with a violation of any provision of chapter twenty [§20] of the West Virginia Code involving the use or registration of a motorboat or personal watercraft.

The Division will issue a certificate of boating safety education to any person who:

Passes any course on safe boating prescribed above; or

Passes a boating safety equivalency examination administered by any person authorized to administer a boating safety education course. The Division will provide at no charge, boating safety education materials to persons who plan to take the equivalency examination.

No person who owns a motorboat or personal watercraft or who has charge over a motorboat or personal watercraft may authorize or knowingly permit it to be operated unless the person operating the motorboat or personal watercraft has the certificate as required by law.

Scheduling a Course or Examination

You shouldn’t wait until the last minute to take a course or to schedule an examination. DO NOT FORGET. THIS CERTIFICATE BECOMES MANDATORY ON JANUARY 1, 2001.

 NOTE: FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF THE BOATING REGULATIONS, PICK UP A COPY FROM ANY DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES OR DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE.

 

 


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