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Is my Canadian Boating License valid in the United States?

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Yes – the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is recognized in the United States as equivalent to their NASBLA-accredited Boating Safety Education Certificates. Therefore, Canadian boaters who have completed their boating safety course and obtained a PCOC can operate a vessel in the U.S. waters without additional certification.

NOTE :  Each U.S. state still has its own boating laws and safety requirements. It is recommended to contact the state that you will be boating in, to confirm the state’s regulations.

Extended Stays and Additional Certifications

The reciprocal agreement between Canada and the U.S., allows boaters to use their home country’s license in the other’s waters.

All provinces, territories, and states that have mandatory boater education requirements will accept the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Similarly, Canada accepts boating education cards, from U.S. states meeting NASBLA standards, as proof of competency.

State-Specific Regulations

Despite this reciprocal agreement, each U.S. state still has its own boating laws and safety requirements. Canadian boaters should familiarize themselves with these regulations, especially regarding safety equipment and operation rules, to ensure compliance and safety. Here is a link to the contact information of the education and enforcement staff for each state.

Can I use my Canadian boating license in Florida?

Yes – Canadians visiting Florida can operate a vessel in Florida with a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, no additional certification is required.


A Canadian boating license, also known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is valid for use in U.S. waters due to the reciprocal agreement between the two countries. However, it’s important to research the state-specific boating regulations for a safe, lawful boating experience in the United States.

Be Safe, Get Certified.

Boating License (PCOC)It is illegal to operate a recreational power boat or jet ski in Canada without a boating license (or other proof of competency), and the fines for doing so can be significant.  Additionally, obtaining a boating license is a good way to ensure that you are operating your boat safely and responsibly.

By completing a boating safety course and obtaining your boating license, you can gain the knowledge and skills needed to operate a boat safely, protect yourself and others, and avoid costly fines. If you want to test your knowledge – why not try out the free boating license practice test.

With the convenience and affordability of’s online course, there is no reason not to get your boating license today. So why wait? Join the over 2 million certified Canadians, and get your Canadian boating license today!


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