Do you Need a License to Drive a Boat?

Most people experience a slight degree of nervousness before getting behind the wheel of a houseboat for the first time. However, if you’re familiar with driving a car, then you will have no problem maneuvering a houseboat.

Rest assured that our knowledgeable team at Forever Houseboats will train and answer any questions you may have before you leave the dock.

One of the most common questions we get asked is if a license is needed to drive a boat. We will discuss this as well as answer other frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your first houseboating vacation.

Q: Do you need a license to drive a boat?

A: Yes, you will need to provide a valid driver’s license to drive a houseboat. Additionally, some states require a boating license or safety certification. You can check your state’s boating license rules and requirements here.

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to drive a Forever Houseboat?

A: Yes, you must be at least 21 years of age.

Q: Are there any safety courses I can take?

A: Yes, in fact if you complete a state approved, NASBLA certified boating safety course, we will offer you a $50 discount on any Forever Resorts houseboat rental! Learn more here.

Q: How can I prepare for my trip?

A: We’ve created a few short video clips to help you prepare for your first houseboating trip. Also, there are several pages on our website with useful information. You’ll learn about safety, the boat’s water system, and how to anchor properly.

Q: Will there be in-person training when I get there? 

A: Absolutely. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you rent a Forever Houseboat for the first time. One of our friendly team members will instruct you on everything you need to know about safely operating a houseboat, including what to do in case of an emergency.

We hope this answered some of your initial questions and helped ease your mind a bit. If you have any more questions, please contact us by phone at 1-800-255-5561. If you’re ready to put your captain hat on, start your reservation today!