Power boat license


​​​​​​​Do you have a power boat, or do you intend to buy one? In many cases, you are required to have a power boat license to sail a motor-driven boat and with a power boat license you will be prepared to navigate safely and correctly.

The power boat license ensures that the operator of the boat has basic knowledge about navigation and the functioning, design and equipment of the boat.

Here you can attend teaching​

You can for example attend teaching in sailing clubs or through the adult education associations AOF, LOF and FOF. So contact a course provider in your local area and register for the teaching offered.

You acquire the power boat license by completing a test. At the test, you are inter alia required to demonstrate knowle​dge about the regulations for preventing collisions at sea, the general use of knots and bends, safety equipment and life-saving appliances. All of which is useful knowledge when you are to sail a power boat safely and attend to safety in an optimum manner.

Persons attending a power boat license test must be 16 years or older.

Power boat tests

Power boat tests are arranged by approved providers.

Therefore, yachtsmen must contact a local provider to register for a power boat test. Sail clubs, schools and the like can arrange tests through approved providers.

A list of approved providers is available here.

Questions about power boat licenses and education and training should be directed to the approved providers.

Issue of power boat licenses

Approved providers issue power boat licenses once the power boat test has been passed.

Lost certificate

If you have lost your power boat license, you can request a new one from the approved provider.

If your certificate has been issued by the Danish Maritime Authority, you can request a re-issue of your certificate for yachtsmen here.

Are you in doubt whether you need a power boat license?

If your boat is planing partially or fully, you are required to have a power boat license to operate it.

If the boat is less than 15 metres and is not planing, the power boat license requirement depends upon the length relative to the power output.

If the boat is longer than 15 metres, the minimum requirement is a certificate as a yacht master, 3rd class.

If the boat is less than 15 metres and is not planing, you can use the form below to calculate whether you are required to have a power boat license.

Remember to choose whether the units used are feet/metres or HK/kW.

 Power boat license

Power boat limit

In feet in metres
In horsepower In Kw