Surrounded by four Great Lakes and home to thousands of inland lakes and waterways, Michigan is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Drivers need a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in Michigan, but what about driving a boat? Are there similar boating license requirements? Here is an overview of the rules for legally operating boats and other watercraft in Michigan.
While drivers must have a license issued by the Secretary of State in order to legally operate a motor vehicle, there is no comparable boating license requirement under Michigan law. However, a boating safety certificate is required for boaters born after July 1, 1996.
In addition, boaters must comply with the following regulations:
Recommended reading: These 10 Boating Safety Tips Can Help Prevent a Serious Accident
While there are no license requirements for Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) such as Jet Skis, Wave Runners and Sea-Doos, there are specific regulations governing the use of these motorized water vehicles.
Under Michigan law, Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) are subject to the following rules:
Recommended reading: Michigan Boating Accident Coverage: Everything You Need to Know
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