Indiana’s Boater Safety Education Program

Indiana joins more than 40 states with educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters.

By completing and passing this Indiana–approved online boating license course, you will have satisfied the educational requirement for Indiana.

It’s the Law!

Get Safe. Get Certified.

Who Needs the Card?

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.

Age Restrictions

No one under 15 years of age may legally operate a motorboat greater than 10 horsepower or a PWC.

Motorboat or PWC operators who are at least age 15, and don’t have a driver’s license, may operate a motorboat or PWC only if they successfully complete an approved boating safety course and have on board an I.D. issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Reciprocity

All states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Enforcement

Indiana law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.

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.

Penalty Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

For More Information

For details about the boater education law, who is exempt from the education requirement, which courses are approved, the Certification Exam, and the application for the Boater Education Card, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr.

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Is the Boating Card the same as a Boating License?

The Indiana Boater Education Certificate 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 an Indiana Boating License.

Indiana Boater Education Certificate

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

Approved by:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(877) 463-6367
http://www.in.gov/dnr