Unless exempted, 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.
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.
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Anyone born on or after December 31, 1986, must obtain a certificate of boating safety education before operating a personal watercraft (or other motorized vessel).
Anyone wishing to operate a motorized vessel in West Virginia must be at least 12 years old.
People aged between 12 and 15 years old may operate a motorboat with less than 10 horsepower on their own, provided that they hold and are carrying a boating safety education certificate proving they have passed an approved boating safety education course.
People aged between 12 and 15 years old may operate a motorboat with 10 or more horsepower if accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age and who hold a boating safety education certificate (unless exempt).
To legally operate a motorized watercraft in West Virginia (and therefore require certification), the boater must be at least 12 years old.
You are not required to hold a state driver's license in order to obtain a boater education card.
Anyone subject to the mandatory education requirements must carry a boating safety education certificate.
Yes. All states that require boater education certification will recognize the West Virginia Boat Operator's Certificate, due to NASBLA-approved course reciprocity for non-residents.
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