MISSOURI -- Oregon County residents heading to lakes in the Show Me State with a boat this spring need to remember the mandatory Boater Education Law went into effect Jan. 1.
The new law passed last year in the Missouri Legislature has new boater certification requirements.
Every person born after Jan. 1, 1984, who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must have a boating safety identification card and a valid photo ID while on the boat.
These cards are issued by the Missouri State Water Patrol.
Anyone convicted of boating while intoxicated, reckless and negligent operation, failing to stop when signaled or leaving the scene of a boating accident will have to enroll in and successfully complete, at his own expense, a boating safety education course.
Boaters can register for a class offered by the Missouri State Water Patrol, take an online course or order a home study course.
The course given by the patrol is free of charge but there is a $15 charge for processing and printing the certification cards.
Call the Missouri State Water Patrol at 573-751-3333 for more information.