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When Can You Operate a Motorboat? The Illinois State Bar Association Provides Legal Info

Question: What is the legal age a person may operate a motorboat? Answer: In Illinois, no one under age 10 may operate a motorboat. Children age 12 and above may legally operate a motorboat alone if they have taken a boat safety course.  It is not necessary for a person between the age of 10 and 17, to complete a safety course in boat operation if that person is accompanied by a parent or guardian. The owner or person in control of a motorboat is forbidden by law to allow someone who does not meet the age or boating education requirements to operate the vessel. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit