Yes, all motorized boat operators between the ages of 12-20, are required to have a Kansas Boating License if they are unsupervised and operating a powerboat, sailboat or PWC.
Even if you aren’t required to have a boating license, you will benefit from being a BOATsmart! cardholder – once you’ve obtained your Card, it will be good for life, it will keep you legal when boating in other states and you’ll even save money on your boat insurance.
Yes, your Kansas boating license is valid in most states! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the BOATsmart! Course meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This law applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or PWC there.