Age Restrictions for Personal Watercraft

Less Than 13 of Age
  • Cannot operate, even with adult on board
13 Years of Age
Must either have:
  • Someone at least 21 years of age on board, or
  • A watercraft operator’s permit and be in continuous visual observation by someone at least 21
14-17 Years of Age
Must either have:
  • A watercraft operator’s permit, or
  • Someone at least 21 on board
It is unlawful for a PWC owner to permit its operation in violation of the age restrictions. Contact the MN DNR at the address at the end of this pamphlet or contact the Otter Tail Sheriff’s Office for home-study materials for a youth watercraft operator’s permit.

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