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Boating license requirements in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who wishes to operate a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a valid NASBLA approved boating education certificate.

New Hampshire boating laws & regulations

PFD requirements:

State law requires one wearable life preserver for each person in a boat. All children age 12 or under must wear an approved vest or jacket.

New Hampshire BUI:

Boating while intoxicated is against the law in the State of NH. You may be charged with a BUI if your blood alcohol level is .08 or greater.

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FAQ - Boating in New Hampshire

Who is required to take the boating safety course in New Hampshire?

Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate.

Who is exempt from needing the New Hampshire boating license?

Operators are exempt from needing a New Hampshire boating license if they have a boating certificate issued by, or on behalf of, another state agency that is NASBLA approved.

What are the age restrictions regarding boating safety in New Hampshire?

The minimum age required in order to obtain the NH boating license certificate is 16 years old

Do I need to register my boat in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, you're required to register:

  • All motorized vessels, regardless of size.

  • Sailboats and sailboards 12 ft or longer.

You DO NOT need to register:

  • Sailboat and sailboards less than 12 ft in length.

  • Non-motorized kayaks and canoes.

  • Any U.S. government vessel.

  • Any vessel registered in another state operating on New Hampshire waters for 30 consecutive days or less.

Is my boating license good in other States?

Every U.S. state that demands a boating license will accept Boating Education Licenses from other states that conform to NASBLA requirements as well.

You should follow your safety course in the State where you are resident.

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