Fla. Stat. 327.395 requires any boat operator (if boat has more than 9 horsepower) born on or after January 1, 1988 to have the following:
- Photo ID; and a
- Boating Safety Identification Card
- A State Issued ID card or Driver’s License that indicates possession of the Boating Safety Identification Card
- Photo ID; and a
- Temporary Certificate approved by the Commission
The following are exemptions to the above requirements:
If a person is:
(a) Is licensed by the United States Coast Guard to serve as master of a vessel.
(b) Operates a vessel only on a private lake or pond.
(c) Is accompanied in the vessel by a person who is exempt from this section or who holds a boating safety identification card in compliance with this section, who is 18 years of age or older, and who is attendant to the operation of the vessel and responsible for the safe operation of the vessel and for any violation that occurs during the operation of the vessel.
(d) Is a nonresident who has in his or her possession photographic identification and proof that he or she has completed a boating safety education course or equivalency examination in another state or a United States territory which meets or exceeds the minimum requirements established by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
(e) Is operating a vessel within 90 days after the purchase of that vessel and has available for inspection aboard that vessel a bill of sale meeting the requirements of s. 328.46 (1).
(f) Is operating a vessel within 90 days after completing the requirements of a commission approved boating safety course and has a photographic identification card and a boating safety education certificate available for inspection as proof of having completed a boating safety education course. The boating safety education certificate must provide, at a minimum, the student’s first and last name, the student’s date of birth, and the date that he or she passed the course examination.(g) Is exempted by rule of the commission.