The Indiana Boater Education Card
Proof that you have successfully completed the Indiana Department of Natural Resources–approved boating safety course
To get your own Indiana boating card, just complete this Indiana online boating license course.
Pay Only When You Pass
unlimited exam attempts
Who needs the Boater Education Card?
It’s the Law!
Boaters who are 15 years of age may operate a motorboat or PWC until they become a licensed driver only if they complete a boater education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources and have on board an ID card issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
A person who has never been licensed by the BMV must complete an approved boater education course successfully and have on board an ID issued by the Indiana BMV to operate a motorboat legally.
All other motorboat or PWC operators must have a valid vehicle driver’s license to operate on all Indiana public waters.
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 Indiana Boater Education Card. Likewise, Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana Boating License.
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Indiana 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 Indiana boating license final exam. (If you don’t pass on the first try, don’t worry. Keep taking the exam for free until you pass.)
Print Temporary Certificate
Step Two: After passing and paying the $29.50 course fee, you’ll instantly print out a temporary certificate, which is your temporary operating permit to operate legally on Indiana waters while you wait for your permanent card to arrive.
Get on the Water!
Step Three: Your Indiana Boater Education Card will arrive in the mail in 8-10 business days. While waiting, your temporary certificate (the Temporary Boater Education Certificate) you printed in Step Two will serve as your proof to legally operate on Indiana waters.
How do I get a replacement card?
A duplicate can be issued for a $10 charge if you have taken (and passed) the Boat Indiana Course. To obtain a duplicate Indiana Boater Education Certificate, mail the request with a check for $10 payable to Boat Indiana to:
14086 Proton Road
Dallas, TX 75244
Be sure to include the student's full name and date of birth in the mailed request for a duplicate card.
You may also phone Customer Service to request the duplicate and pay by credit card. You may reach us by phone at 800-830-2268 (toll-free) or 214-351-0461. Our office hours are 8:30 to 5:30 Central Time, Monday through Friday, with extended hours during late spring and summer season.
How do I get my state boating license?
You may have heard that you need the Indiana Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Indiana Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Indiana Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.
Did you lose your card? Replace it here.
Got the Card? Get the Handbook
The Handbook of Indiana Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for Indiana Department of Natural Resources and available online only at boat-ed.com
For New and Experienced Indiana Boaters
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204