Kansas Regulatory Guide

Kansas has regulations related to the operation of vessel, including boats used for leasing. These regulations cover various aspects of vessel operation, such as equipment requirements, safety procedures, and licensing requirements for operators. On this page, we navigate you through everything you need to have in place in order to ensure that your boat rental business is compliant with Kansas’s regulations, along with some other important things to keep in mind.

Boxes you need to tick

These are requirements as defined by law:

Age Requirement

No one under the age of 12 may operate a motorboat on Kansas public waters unless accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a parent or person at least 18 years of age.

Boater Safety Education

Any individual born on or after January 1, 1989, is required to have a certificate of completion from an approved boater safety education

Required Equipment Checklist (KS)

Renters must follow Required Equipment Checklist

Record Requirement

The owner of a boat livery shall cause to be kept a record of the name and address of the person or persons hiring any vessel

The owner of a boat livery shall cause to be kept a record of the name and address of the person or persons hiring any vessel which is designed or permitted by him or her to be operated as a motorboat; the identification number thereof; and the departure date and time, and the expected time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least six months.

Keep in mind when renting out boats


Livery Definition
Boat Registration

Not required


The information provided is intended to be general and informative, and should not be interpreted as regulatory, legal, or insurance advice. It does not constitute professional advice from a licensed insurance agent and does not establish an attorney-client or insurer-insured relationship. This information should not replace the counsel of a qualified legal, regulatory, or insurance professional. Always consult with a qualified professional for legal, regulatory, or insurance advice pertaining to your specific circumstances.

Boat Rental Accident Reporting

An operator involved in a boating accident must immediately stop their vessel and assist anyone injured, unless doing so would seriously endanger their own vessel or passengers. Provide your name and address to any injured person or owner of property that is damaged in the accident.

The operator must notify Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism immediately. Contact the Pratt Office at 620-672-5911 or your local authorities.

Report Accident

Federal Regulation

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) regularly provides updates on recentchanges in regulation and have overviews of specific requirements for boatrental companies

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