Boating in Texas

Boat Registration Requirements in Texas

Texas’ Boat Registration Boat registration requirements vary from state to state. To legally operate a boat in the state of Texas, you must obtain a Texas Certificate of Number and validation de...

How to get a Texas Boating License

Texas’ Boating License Requirements An operator born after September 1st, 1993 (who is at least 13 years of age) is able to operate a boat without supervision so long as they have successfully c...

Life Jacket Laws in Texas

Life Jacket Laws All boats, including human-powered craft, must be equipped with one Type I, II, III or V wearable life jacket for each person on board. A Type V life jacket is only acceptable if it i...

Texas’ Muffler Requirements and Litter Laws

Texas’ Muffler and Noise Level Laws Motorized boats in Texas are required to have a factory-type muffler or an exhaust water manifold installed on the engine. Texas’ Waste Disposal Laws In Texas, ...

Texas’ Law for Negligent Operation

Texas’ Laws for Careless, Reckless or Negligent Operation It is illegal in the state of Texas to operate any boat, or to manipulate any waterskis, aquaplane, or similar device in a willfully or ...

Texas’ Laws for Boating Under the Influence

It is illegal to operate any boat (including boats, personal watercraft (PWCs), waterskis, sailboats, sailboards or other similar devices) while under the influence of an impairing substance, such as ...

Texas’ Law Enforcement

Boating laws in Texas are enforced by: Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division. Game Wardens. Marine Safety Enforcement Officers. The Coast Guard (on federal waters). Law enforcement in the ...

Texas’ Boat Accident Reporting

An operator involved in a boating accident is required to: Stop their boat at the scene. Render assistance to any person who has been injured or who is in danger so long as they can do so without risk...