All you need to know about applications for your AZ boating license / card / endorsement.

The boating regulations of the state, however, require that to operate a boat running with a motor higher than eight horsepower, the operator should be at least 12 years old, unless it is an emergency in which case they should be accompanied at all times by an adult, 18 years old or older.

The laws also require that the person operating a boat should not be under the influence of intoxicants. The legal limit of the blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% and if arrested for a higher BAC, harsh penalties may be imposed on the operator, based on the severity of the offense as well as the previous number of similar convictions.


Arizona does not require you to take any boater education course but it will help to learn how to operate and maintain your boats, the legal requirements for boating, and what to do in emergencies from the Boating Laws and Regulations Handbook. This ensures that boating remains a safe and fun experience.

Alternatively, you can take a Boat Arizona boating safety course that has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) that gives comprehensive information on all safety aspects, laws, boat information, emergencies, accidents and lots more.


  • While liability insurance is not mandatory for boating in Arizona, it is a good idea to have liability insurance to tide over troubles if you or someone operating your boat is involved in a boating accident.
  • Read the Boating Laws and Regulations Handbook for the boating safety course.
  • See how to register your boat in Arizona.
  • Check the contact information of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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