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Alabama Connecticut Idaho Kentucky Minnesota New Hampshire Ohio South Carolina Vermont
Alaska Delaware Illinois Louisiana Mississippi New Jersey Oklahoma South Dakota Virginia
Arizona District of Columbia Indiana Maine Missouri New Mexico Oregon Tennessee Washington
Arkansas Florida Iowa Maryland Montana New York Pennsylvania Texas West Virginia
California Georgia Japan Massachusetts Nebraska North Carolina Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands Wisconsin
Colorado Hawaii Kansas Michigan Nevada North Dakota Rhode Island Utah Wyoming
State Address for Boating Info USPS Districts in State State Boating Websites and Other Info
Alabama
Marine Police Division
Folsom Administrative Bldg.
64 N. Union St., Room 438 
Montgomery AL 36104
334-242-3673
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Outdoor Alabama - Boating
Alaska
State of Alaska
Division of Parks and Outdoor
Recreation
Office of Boating Safety
550 W. 7th Avenue
Anchorage AK 99501
907-269-8705
Alaska Office of Boating Safety website
Arizona
Game & Fish Dept.
2222 W. Greenway Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85023
602-942-3000
D/28 Arizona Watercraft Web Site
Arkansas
Game & Fish Commission
Boating Safety Section
2 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock AR 72205
501-223-6351

Boat registration:
501-223-6378

D/30 Rules and Regulations - Boating in Arkansas website
California
Department of Parks and Recreation
Division of Boating and Waterways
One Capitol Mall - Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
1-888-326-2822
pubinfo@parks.ca.gov
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ABCs of California Boating Law

California Department of Boating and Waterways website

Colorado
Division of Parks &
Outdoor Recreation
13787 S. Highway 85
Littleton CO 80125
303-791-1954
D/28 Colorado State Parks Boating Safety Program website
Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection
Boating Division
PO Box 280
Old Lyme, CT 06371-0280
860-434-8638
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Boating in Connecticut

Connecticut State Specific Education Requirements Course Supplement (Sep 2015) (.pdf file)

Connecticut Waterskiing Safety Supplement - 2016
Delaware
Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
P.O. Box 1401
Dover DE 19903
302-739-3440

Boat registration:
302-739-3498

D/05 DNREC Boating website
District of Columbia
Metropolitan Police Dept.
Harbor Patrol
550 Water St. S.W.
Washington DC 20024
202-727-4582
D/05 Water Safety - DC Harbor Patrol website
Florida
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600
850-488-5600
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Boating
Georgia
Dept. of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Div.
2070 U.S. Highway 278, SE
Social Circle GA 30279
770-918-6408

Boat registration:
770-414-3337

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Georgia Boating
Hawaii
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
Div. of Boating & Ocean Rec.
333 Queen Street, Suite 300
Honolulu HI 96813
808-587-1970
D/13 Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Home Page
Idaho
Dept. of Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0065
208-334-4180, ext. 224
Boating in Idaho website
Illinois
Dept. of Natural Resources
Office of Law Enforcement
524 S. Second St.-3rd floor
Springfield IL 62701-1787
217-782-6431

Boat registration:
217-782-2138

D/20 Illinois Boating Safety Education website
Indiana
Dept. of Natural Resources
Law Enforcement Division
IGCS W255D-
402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis IN 46204
317-232-4010

Boat registration:
317-232-2821

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Indiana Boating Laws

Indiana Boating Safety Requirements (.pdf file)
Iowa
Dept. of Natural Resources
Recreational Safety Div.
Wallace State Office Bldg.
Des Moines IA 50319
515-281-8652

Boat registration:
515-281-5267

D/30 Iowa Department of Natural Rresources- Boater Education
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Kansas
Dept. of Wildlife & Parks
512 SE 25th Avenue
Pratt KS 67124
316-672-5911 Ext. 156

Boat registration:
316-672-5911, Ext.127

D/30 Kansas Boating website
Kentucky
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Water Patrol
#1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort KY 40601
502-564-3074 
D/24 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources - Boating
Louisiana
Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge LA 70898-9000
504-765-2988

Boat registration:
504-765-2898

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website
Maine
MAINE (freshwater)
Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Dept.
Maine Warden Service
284 State St., Sta. 41
Augusta ME 04330
207-287-2766

Boat registration:
207-287-5209 

MAINE (saltwater)
Maine Marine Patrol
Special Services
State House Station #21
Augusta ME 04330
207-624-6550

D/19 Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands website

Summary of Maine Boating Laws / Rules website

Maryland
Dept. of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis MD 21401
410-974-3211
D/05 Maryland Boating Safety Education Requirements
Massachusetts
Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife &
Environmental Law 
175 Portland St.
Boston MA 02114
617-727-3905

Boat registration:
617-727-3900

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Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs website

Massachusetts Boating Law - 2006 (.pdf file)

Massachusetts Boating Law Outline - 2008 (.pdf file)

Massachusetts Safety Certificate Application - 2011 (.pdf file)

Michigan
Dept. of Natural Resources
Steven T. Mason Bldg.
P.O.Box 30031
Lansing MI 48909
517-335-3414

Boat registration:
517-322-1460 

D/09 Michigan Department of Natural Resources website

The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities (.pdf file)
Minnesota
Dept. of Natural Resources
Boat & Water Safety Section
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul MN 55155-4046
651-259-5400

Boat registration:
651-296-2316

D/10 Minnesota DNR Boat and Water Safety
Mississippi
Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson MS 39211-6374
601-432-2182
D/15 Mississippi Boating And Fishing
Missouri
Dept. of Public Safety
State Water Patrol
P.O. Box 1368
Jefferson City MO 65102
314-751-3333

Boat registration:
314-751-4509

D/30 Missouri State Water Patrol Home Page
Montana
Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Boating Safety Division
1420 E. 6th St.
Helena MT 59620
406-444-2452

Boat registration:
406-846-1423

Montana Boating Education
Nebraska
Game & Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln NE 68503-0370
402-471-0641
Nebraska Boating Information
Nevada
Div. of Wildlife
Law Enforcement Bureau
P.O. Box 10678
Reno NV 89520-0022
702-688-1500 
D/13 Boat Nevada

Nevada Specific Laws (.pdf file)
New Hampshire
Dept. of Safety Marine Patrol
31 Dock Road
Gilford NH 03246
603-293-2037
D/19 State of New Hampshire - Department of Safety, Marine Patrol

State of New Hampshire - Department of Safety, Boating Education Program
New Jersey
State Police
Marine Law Enforcement Bureau
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton NJ 08628-0068
609-882-2000

Boat registration:
888-486-3339 (in State)
609-292-6500 (out of State)

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New Jersey State Police - Marine Services

New Jersey State Police Boating Safety Manual (.pdf file)


           
New Mexico
New Mexico State Parks
Boating Safety Section
P.O. Box 1147
Santa Fe NM 87504-1147
505-476-3390 or 1-888-NMPARKS

Boat registration:
505-827-0612

New Mexico State Parks Division
Use the pull-down menu under Boating near the top of the page
New York
Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Marine & Recreational Vehicles
Empire State Plaza
Agency Bldg. 1
Albany NY 12238
518-474-0456
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New York State Parks - Boating Information

NYS Boater's Guide (.pdf file)

North Carolina
Wildlife Resources Comm.
1709 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1709
919-733-3391

Boat registration:
919-662-4373

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North Carolina Boating / Waterways website

North Carolina Vessel Operator's Guide (.pdf file)

Note: On or after May 1, 2010 any person under the age of 26 must successfully complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater. See a summary here (53KB, PDF) or G.S. 75A-16.2

North Dakota
Game & Fish Dept.
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck ND 59501-5095
701-328-6300 
North Dakota Fishing and Boating Information
Ohio
Dept. of Natural Resources
Division of Watercraft
4435 Fountain Square Drive
Fountain Square, Building A
Columbus OH 43224-1300
614-265-6480
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Ohio Division of Watercraft

Ohio Boat Operator's Guide
Oklahoma
Dept. of Public Safety
3600 N. Martin Luther King
Oklahoma City OK 73136-0415
405-521-3221

Boat registration:
405-521-2439

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Oklahoma Dept of Public Safety, Lake Patrol

Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Lake Patrol

Oregon
State Marine Board
435 Commercial St. N.E. #800
Salem OR 97310
503-378-8587 Ext. 241
D/32 Oregon Boater Education Info Center
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Headquarters
1601 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA  17110
717-705-7800
Toll-frree course line:
1-888-PAFISH-1
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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Boating Handbook

E-Mail for Boating and Education Information
Puerto Rico
Dept. of Natural Revenue
Commissioner of Navigation
P.O. Box 588, Pta. de Tierra
San Juan PR 00906
787-724-2340
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Rhode Island
Dept. of Environmental Management
Division of Enforcement
Boating Safety Unit  Rm 250
235 Promenade St
Providence RI 02903
401-277-2284

Boat registration:
401-277-6647

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Rhode Island Boating
South Carolina
Dept. of Natural Resources 
Division of Boating
P.O. Box 12559
Charleston SC 29412
803-762-5034
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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Dakota
Dept. of Game Fish & Parks
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre SD 57501-3182
605-773-3630
South Dakota Boating Information
Tennessee
Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville TN 37204
615-781-6682
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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Texas
Parks & Wildlife Dept.
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin TX 78744
512-389-4800

Boat registration:
512-389-4828

D/21 Texas Parks and Wildlife - Boating
U.S. Virgin Islands
Dept. of Planning & Natural Resources
396-1 Annas Retreat, Foster Plaza
St. Thomas VI 00802
809-771-7397
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Utah
Division of Parks & Recreation
1636 W. North Temple St.
Salt Lake City UT 84116
801-538-7220

Boat registration:
801-972-5320

Utah State Parks - Boating
Vermont
State Police-Marine Division
565 St. George Rd.
Williston VT 05495
802-244-8778

Boat registration:
802-828-2000

D/19 Vermont Boating Safety
Virginia
Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries
Boat Section
4010 W. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23230-1104
804-367-1000
D/05 Virginia Boating

Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf file) (14 May 2007)
Washington
State Parks & Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 42654
Olympia WA 98504-2654
360-902-8551

Boat registration:
360-902-3770

D/16 Washington State Boating Portal
West Virginia
Div. of Natural Resources
Law Enforcement Section
324 Fourth Ave
South Charleston, WV 25303
304-558-2784
D/07 West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Wisconsin
Dept. of Natural Resources
Division of Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 7921
Madison WI 53707
608-266-2141

Boat registration:
608-267-7799

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Boating in Wisconsin
Wyoming
Dept. of Game & Fish
5400 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne WY 82006
307-777-4579 
Wyoming Boating Information

 

Notes

Table Column Comment
State Address for Boating Info Address and phone number to contact the state agency that is involved with boating safety and marine laws.
USPS Districts in State Lists the USPS Districts that serve various regions in the state.
State Boating Websites and Other Info Click the links to access the state's internet site for boating regulations and other pertinent information.

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