Reference Guide to State Boating Laws

The Reference Guide to State Boating Laws answers a number of questions related to recreational boating safety public law. Topics covered include boating education, operator age, water skiing, boat noise, numbering & titling, personal watercraft, boating under the influence, personal flotation devices and more.

The data in the guide was supplied by the states and collectively updated during 2007. Data can also be updated by boating law administrators (or designates) for the individual states.

The information is subject to change at any time and facts should be verified with the BLAs if there are any questions.

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Boating Under the Influence
[Table 5.2]

State

Does a BUI conviction impact an offender's automobile driving privileges in any way in your state?

If you answered "Yes" to the previous question, how are their privileges impacted?

Alabama

No 

 

Alaska

Yes 

BUI is consdidered the same as a DUI 

American Samoa

Yes 

Revocation of motorboat license 

Arizona

No 

 

Arkansas

Yes 

A BUI conviction will count as a previous offense in order to determine the number of previous offenses for the purpose of suspending or revoking a person's driving privileges under the Omnibus DWI Act. 

Australia

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

California

Yes 

Counts the same as a DUI copnviction with possible suspension ro revocation of operators drivers license 

Colorado

no 

 

Connecticut

No 

 

Delaware

No 

 

District of Columbia

No 

 

Florida

No 

 

Georgia

No 

 

Guam

No 

 

Hawaii

Yes 

Judges have discretion as to fines and penalties prescribed by the law. The definition of vehicles in our state includes vessels and therefore a BUI conviction will impact a persons driving record.  

Idaho

No 

 

Illinois

No  

 

Indiana

Yes 

BUI conviction suspends the operators motor vehicle license and DUI conviction in an automobile suspends motorboat operation previlige 

Iowa

No 

 

Kansas

No 

 

Kentucky

No 

 

Louisiana

Yes 

insurance and driving record 

Maine

No 

 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

Maryland

No 

 

Massachusetts

Yes 

BUI and OUI are considered "like offenses" - multiple like offenses may result in the suspension or revocation of a motor vehicle license. Refusal to take breath, chemical, or blood test upon arrest results in loss of m.v. license for 180 days.  

Michigan

No 

 

Minnesota

Yes 

Up to an including loss of the motor vehicle. 

Mississippi

No 

 

Missouri

No 

 

Montana

No 

 

Nebraska

No 

 

Nevada

No 

 

New Hampshire

Yes 

fine and loss of drivers license for 9 months 

New Jersey

Yes 

Boating and driving privileges suspended  

New Mexico

No 

 

New York

No 

 

North Carolina

No 

 

North Dakota

No 

 

Northern Mariana Islands

No 

none 

Ohio

No 

 

Oklahoma

No 

 

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

Oregon

Yes 

Any combination of BUII or DUI, fourth offense is a felony. 

Pennsylvania

No 

 

Puerto Rico

No 

 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

Rhode Island

No 

 

South Carolina

No 

 

South Dakota

No 

 

Tennessee

No 

 

Texas

Yes 

suspension or revocation 

Utah

Yes 

Same impact as if they were driving a car DUI 

Vermont

No 

 

Virgin Islands

 

 

Virginia

No 

 

Washington

No 

 

West Virginia

No 

 

Wisconsin

No 

 

Wyoming

No