Mississippi requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Office of Marine Patrol. The card is mandatory for all boat operators born after June 30, 1980; older boaters do not require the card.
A person under the age of 12 cannot operate a boat even if he/she has a Boater Education Card without the supervision of someone over the age of 21.
The boating laws of the state 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 such convictions.
To obtain the Boater Education Card, you must complete a boater education course approved by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Office of Marine Patrol, or pass an approved equivalency test. The MDWFP can help you find a classroom if you want to take classes before attending the exam to obtain the certificate.
In an approved course, students learn how to operate and maintain their boats, the legal requirements for boating, and what to do in emergencies. This ensures that boating remains a safe and fun experience.
There are various approved ways you can complete the course and obtain the card:
The card is permanent. There is no need to renew it.
To replace a card, contact the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Office of Marine Patrol with proof of course completion. Students who took the exam online may obtain a duplicate card by contacting their providers, and for a fee - check the providers' websites for details.