How Old Do You Have To Be To Legally Operate A Boat in Georgia?

In Woodstock, GA, the agents of Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. offer several different types of insurance for vehicles and watercraft. Each agent is available to help you understand the rules and regulations that pertain to legally operating a boat or other type of personal watercraft on the state’s waterways. Just like operating a motor vehicle, there are rules of the water that must be followed.

Legal Age

In the state of Georgia, a person must be at least 16 years of age to legally operate a boat or any other type of personal watercraft throughout the state of Georgia. INdividuals between 12 and 15 may also legally operate a watercraft if they have applied for and received a valid boating license. For younger operators, it is strongly recommended that they complete a safe driving boating course that teaches the basics of water safety. 

Proper Identification

Another requirement is that whoever is operating the boat must have a valid driver’s license or other forms of identification. If the person is between the ages of 12 and 15, their valid boating license will serve as their identification. Even adults who operate any type of personal watercraft must have in their possession a valid form of identification with them at all times.

The agents of Peter Laczko Insurance Inc. are always on hand to answer questions about your boating insurance policy. If you live in the Woodstock, GA area, call and talk to one of the agents today. They will be able to provide you with the answers you need and will make sure you have the coverage you need to protect yourself and your family.