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How Personal Watercraft Work


Laws and Regulations
Personal watercraft laws and regulations are set by three federal agencies. Learn about personal watercraft laws and regulations and how they affect you.
Personal watercraft laws and regulations are set by three federal agencies. Learn about personal watercraft laws and regulations and how they affect you.

Several national organizations monitor and regulate personal watercraft in the United States. They include:

The U.S. Coast Guard classifies personal watercraft as inboard boats, so operators and passengers must follow the same laws and guidelines as other boaters. Additional regulations vary by state. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has a complete state-by-state listing of personal-watercraft laws. It is up to all operators and passengers to make sure they use their watercraft safely and in compliance with local laws.

For more information on personal watercraft and related topics, check out the links on the next page.