Alaska's State Boating Laws

Alaska’s Boating License

Boating License Requirements in Alaska

There are no requirements for boaters to obtain and carry a Boater Education Card (commonly called a boating license) in Alaska. However, obtaining a Boating License will make you a safer and more confident boater.

Alaska’s Age and Horsepower Restrictions

There are no age restrictions or supervision requirements for boat operators in Alaska.

Alaska’s Life Jacket Laws

All boats in Alaska (including human-powered, such as kayaks and inflatable rafts, are required to carry a Coast Guard-approved, wearable lifejacket for each person aboard the boat. Additionally, boats greater than 16 feet in length must also carry a readily accessible, Coast Guard-approved throwable device (i.e. a Type IV).

Children’s Life Jacket Laws in Alaska

In Alaska, all boat passengers 13 years of age and younger are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket while in an open boat, on an open deck or while being towed on water-skis or other devices.

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