The Arkansas Boater Education Card
Proof that you have successfully completed the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission–approved boating safety course
To get your own Arkansas boating card, just complete this Arkansas online boating license course and pass the In-Person Exam.
Pay Only When You Pass
unlimited exam attempts
Who needs the Boater Education Card?
It’s the Law!
To operate any motorboat (including personal watercraft) legally on Arkansas waters, a person who is of legal age to operate a boat, whether an Arkansas resident or a non-resident, and who is born on or after January 1, 1986, must have either a boating education certificate from an approved Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) safe boating course or an equivalent certificate issued by another state from a boating education course that is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
You Must Carry the Card
Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
All states that have mandatory boater education requirements will accept the Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate. Likewise, Arkansas will accept boating education cards that are issued by states that meet NASBLA requirements.
Is the Boating Card the same as a Boating License?
The Arkansas Boater Education Card is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course. Since the boater education card does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Arkansas Boating License.
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Arkansas Boater Education Card?
Yes. You are not required to have a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.
How do I get a card?
Get your card in 3 easy steps.
Complete the Course
Step One: Register for the course, study the free online course material, and pass the Arkansas Online Boating Exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the Online Boating Exam for free until you pass.)
Sign-Up for the In-Person Exam
Step Two: After passing and paying the $24.50 course fee, you’ll print out a temporary Online Course Completion Voucher, which will serve as your admission ticket for the state-required In-Person Exam. Find a testing location at the AR Boating Education Testing Sites website.
Take the In-Person Exam
Step Three: Your printed Online Course Completion Voucher will be your admission ticket to the In-Person Exam. After you pass the In-Person Exam, you will receive your official boating safety certificate from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by mail.
How do I get a replacement card?
If your card was lost, stolen, destroyed, or if your legal name has been changed, you may apply for a replacement card.
For replacement of Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate (certificates), call 501-223-6377 or visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website, www.agfc.com.
How do I get my state boating license?
You may have heard that you need the Arkansas Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate. You can get the Arkansas Boating Safety Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com and passing the In-Person Exam. Find out if you need the card.
Did you lose your card? Replace it here.
Got the Card? Get the Handbook
The Handbook of Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and available online only at boat-ed.com
For New and Experienced Arkansas Boaters
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205