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Kayaking in Wisconsin- Do I need a license?

Did you know that Wisconsin doesn’t actually have boating licenses?

Instead, the Department of Natural Resources issues what’s called a boating safety certification card, similar to a driver’s license.

It’s required for “any operator of a motorboat or personal watercraft,” according to the DNR. The permit is required for operators born in or after 1989; those born before 1989 are not required to have a permit.

No license is required for operating canoes, kayaks or sailboats without motors.

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