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Jan 5, 2024 - Reciprocity in boating terms is an agreement among the various states to honor a boat registration or boater education card issued by another jurisdiction. Also known as visitation rights, a currently registered boat from another state may operate freely for a pre-determined length of time. There are typically no limitations for individual operators themselves with approved boater education cards.

Boat Visitation Rights

Although the boat visitation period may vary among jurisdictions, it typically ranges between 60 and 120 consecutive days (WikiTags). Anything beyond this will precipitate local tax liabilities and registration requirements. In order to qualify, a  boat must be currently registered in another state, USCG documented or operating under a foreign cruising permit.

Operator Visitation Rights

Mist states will allow an individual to operate any qualified boat on its waters if carrying a NASBLA approved boater education card (WikiTags).


Boaters should be fully aware of all boating rules and regulations for any navigable body of water on which they intend to operate. Failure to do so can result in fines, impoundments, and even forfeitures in certain cases. Visit the WikiTags for basic state level boating requirements and related informational links.

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