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Here are the PWC Rules for all 50 States

Posted On: 07/23/2020

Planning on hitting the water for your upcoming vacation? If you and your family are going to be on the backs of jet skis, it’s worth knowing the specific rules and regulations for each state. For example, your 14-year-old can’t operate a jet ski by himself in Maine and you need a boater’s license if you’re taking out a jet ski in Michigan. Here’s the scoop on age restrictions, boater education requirements and other PWC rules for all 50 states.

Alabama

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Alabama PWC laws here

Alaska

  • Age to ride: N/A
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Alaska PWC laws here

Arizona

  • Age to ride: 12
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Arizona PWC laws here

Arkansas

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Arkansas PWC laws here

California

  • Age to ride: 16
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about California PWC laws here

Colorado

  • Age to ride: 16, younger with boater education
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 14-15

Learn more about Colorado PWC laws here

Connecticut

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Connecticut PWC laws here

Delaware

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Delaware PWC laws here

Florida

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for PWC riders under 21

Learn more about Florida PWC laws here

Georgia

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 12-15

Learn more about Georgia PWC laws here

Hawaii

  • Age to ride: 15
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Hawaii PWC laws here

Idaho

  • Age to ride: N/A
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Idaho PWC laws here

Illinois

  • Age to ride: 18, 12 years old with boater education
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Illinois PWC laws here

Indiana

  • Age to ride: 15
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 15-16

Learn more about Indiana PWC laws here

Iowa

  • Age to ride: 12
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Iowa PWC laws here

Kansas

  • Age to ride: 16, younger with boater education
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 12-15

Learn more about Kansas PWC laws here

Kentucky

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 12-17

Learn more about Kentucky PWC laws here

Louisiana

  • Age to ride: 13
  • Boater education required for PWC riders under 21

Learn more about Louisiana PWC laws here

Maine

  • Age to ride: 16
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Maine PWC laws here

Maryland

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Maryland PWC laws here

Massachusetts

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 16-17

Learn more about Massachusetts PWC laws here

Michigan

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 16-17

Learn more about Michigan PWC laws here

Minnesota

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 14-17

Learn more about Minnesota PWC laws here

Mississippi

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Mississippi PWC laws here

Missouri

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Missouri PWC laws here

Montana

  • Age to ride: 13
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 13-14

Learn more about Montana PWC laws here

Nebraska

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Nebraska PWC laws here

Nevada

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Nevada PWC laws here

New Hampshire

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about New Hampshire PWC laws here

New Jersey

  • Age to ride: 13
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about New Jersey PWC laws here

New Mexico

  • Age to ride: 13
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about New Mexico PWC laws here

New York

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about New York PWC laws here

North Carolina

  • Age to ride: 14
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about North Carolina PWC laws here

North Dakota

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about North Dakota PWC laws here

Ohio

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Ohio PWC laws here

Oklahoma

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Oklahoma PWC laws here

Oregon

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Oregon PWC laws here

Pennsylvania

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Pennsylvania PWC laws here

Rhode Island

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Rhode Island PWC laws here

South Carolina

  • Age to ride: 16, younger with boater education
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 15-16

Learn more about South Carolina PWC laws here

South Dakota

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about South Dakota PWC laws here

Tennessee

  • Age to ride: 12
  • Boater education required for PWC riders under 21

Learn more about Tennessee PWC laws here

Texas

  • Age to ride: 13
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Texas PWC laws here

Utah

  • Age to ride: 18, 16 with boater education
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 16-17

Learn more about Utah PWC laws here

Vermont

  • Age to ride: 16
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Vermont PWC laws here

Virginia

  • Age to ride: 16, younger with boater education
  • Boater education required for PWC riders ages 14-16

Learn more about Virginia PWC laws here

Washington

  • Age to ride: 14
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Washington PWC laws here

West Virginia

  • Age to ride: 15
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about West Virginia PWC laws here

Wisconsin

  • Age to ride: 16, younger with boater education
  • Boater education required for all PWC riders

Learn more about Wisconsin PWC laws here

Wyoming

  • Age to ride: 16
  • No boater education required for PWC riders

Learn more about Wyoming PWC laws here

For more information about PWC rules in each state, be sure to visit the links above or the individual websites for each state’s Department of Recreation or Department of Natural Resources. Happy jet skiing!