Wyoming Regulatory Guide

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) regulates boating, emphasizing safety and environmental responsibility. They enforce rules on boat registrations, safety equipment, and speed limits while actively promoting responsible boating practices through education. The WGFD aims to ensure a secure and sustainable boating environment while preserving Wyoming's diverse aquatic ecosystems. 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 Wyoming’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 person shall operate a motorboat unless they are at least 16 years old or accompanied by an adult.

Registration Requirement

All motorboats powered by propulsion machinery of any type and operated on the waters of this state shall be numbered.

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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

The operator of a watercraft involved in a collision, accident or other casualty, so far as he can do so without serious danger to his own watercraft, crew, passengers and guests, shall render to other persons affected by the collision, accident or other casualty such assistance as may be practicable and as may be necessary in order to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the collision, accident or other casualty.

If a collision, accident or other casualty involving a watercraft results in death or injury to a person requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, the disappearance of any person from the watercraft under circumstances which indicate the possibility of death or injury, or damage to property in excess of five hundred dollars ($500.00), the watercraft operator shall immediately provide notice of the accident to any Wyoming law enforcement agency or peace officer of this state.

The operator of any watercraft involved in a reportable watercraft accident shall immediately provide notice of the accident to any Wyoming law enforcement agency or peace officer. Notice under this subsection shall to the extent reasonably known, contain the following information:

(i) For each watercraft involved in the accident, the identifying number assigned by the certificate of number issued to the watercraft;

(ii) The location, time and date of the accident;

(iii) The name, address and age of the operator of each watercraft involved in the accident;

(iv) If not operating the watercraft at the time of the accident, the name and address of the watercraft owner;

(v) The name and address of any person injured, killed or missing as a result of the accident;

(vi) The nature and extent of each injury resulting from the accident;

(vii) A description of any property damage resulting from the accident;

(viii) The name and address of any passengers on the watercraft at the time of the accident.

The watercraft operator shall within ten (10) days after the date of the accident, file with the department a full description of the collision, accident or other casualty. The report required under this subsection shall be submitted on a boating accident report form approved by the department and obtained from the investigating law enforcement agency or peace officer.

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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