Oklahoma Regulatory Guide

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Enforcement Division oversees and enforces boating regulations in the state. Responsible for ensuring compliance with safety measures, conducting patrols, and preventing boating violations, the division plays a vital role in maintaining waterway safety. Through education and enforcement, they contribute to the overall well-being of boaters and the protection of Oklahoma's aquatic resources. 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 Oklahoma's regulations, along with some other important things to keep in mind.

Boxes you need to tick

These are requirements as defined by law:

Record Requirement

The record shall be preserved for at least six (6) months.

Record the name and address of the person or persons hiring any vessel, the identification number of such vessel, the number of occupants of said vessel, the departure date and time, and the expected date and time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least six (6)months.

Registration Requirement

Every vessel in this state, irrespective of whether used on waters of this state, is required to be titled.

Every vessel in this state, irrespective of whether used on waters of this state, is required to be titled within thirty (30) calendar days from the purchase date or from the date the owner becomes a resident of this state and annually registered under the provisions of the Oklahoma Vessel and Motor Registration Act.


Any boat rental business operating in a state park:

Any boat rental business operating in a state park:

   1. Shall have a current valid written contract with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation         Department or the agency which owns the lake;

   2. Shall be required to obtain a business license from the state;

   3. Shall have a visible, commercially accessible public location; and

   4. Shall be properly licensed with a tax permit and any other required local permits.

Keep in mind when renting out boats


Livery Definition

Not required

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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

If a collision, accident, or other casualty results in death or injury to a person or damage to property in excess of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), the operator of the vessel involved in the collision, accident, or other casualty shall file with the Department of Public Safety a full description of the collision, accident, or other casualty, and such information as the Department may require.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety

3600 North Martin Luther King Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

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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