Do You Need a Boating License to Drive a Pontoon Boat?

One of the first questions that come to mind when considering the purchase of a pontoon boat is, “Do you need a license to drive one?” The last thing you want to do is break state laws. At Avalon, we want you to be well-prepared and make an informed buying decision. With over 40 years of experience in this industry, there’s no better place you could be.

State-Based Stipulations for Getting a Pontoon Boat License

Do you need a boating license for a pontoon in your state? Yes. Specifically, every boat driver should have a state-registered Boater’s Safety Certification or an equivalent in their state.

The state you live in will determine what is required for you to be certified. Most states require a temporary or permanent card that you must carry onboard. Check all laws and regulations in your state before taking your new boat out on the water.

Are Pontoon Boats Hard to Drive?

Although pontoon boats can be considered easy to drive, there is still a lot to learn before you are ready to take one out on the water. You most likely won’t have too much difficulty driving a pontoon if you can drive a car. They are considered to be one of the easiest boats to learn how to drive. Practice makes perfect. 

Make sure to follow all safety precautions and regulations when going out into the water by yourself or with others. 

If you want to learn how to drive a pontoon boat, we’ve got a guide featuring instructions from our President and CEO, Jim Wolf.

Family of 5 riding on a pontoon boat in the middle of the ocean

Purchase an Avalon Pontoon Today!

Once you’ve acquired your boating license, you’ll be ready to set sail. If you’re looking for a new pontoon boat, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you make an informed buying decision. Browse our pontoons today!

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