The New Hampshire Boater Education Card
Proof that you have successfully completed the New Hampshire Marine Patrol–approved boating safety course
To get your own New Hampshire boating card, just complete this New Hampshire online boating license course.
Pay Only When You Pass
unlimited exam attempts
Who needs the Boater Education Card?
It’s the Law!
Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate.
New Hampshire accepts the following certificates or licenses in lieu of the New Hampshire boating education certificate:
- A boating certificate issued by another State agency and NASBLA approved.
- A boating certificate issued by the US Power Squadron.
- A boating certificate issued by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
- An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the US Coast Guard.
- An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the State of New Hampshire.
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 New Hampshire Boater Education Card. Likewise New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Boating License.
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 Online Exam Results Slip
Step Two After passing and paying the $34.50 course fee, you will be given a link to your online course completion document, called a Online Exam Results Slip. you can view and print the Online Exam Results Slip from your computer, or have a PDF sent to your email address.
Take the In-Person Exam
Step Three Please wait two business days, then call New Hampshire Boating Education at 1-888-254-2125 to schedule a time for an in-person examination at one of numerous locations at no additional cost. (If you call before waiting the two business days, your name will not be on the list of students who have passed the course.)
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 a $10 fee.
For a replacement New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate, do one of the following:
- Please call 1-888-254-2125 ( New Hampshire Marine Patrol's Boating Education Program) to request a replacement card payment form or download the form from their website website via this link:
- Call the New Hampshire Marine Patrol at 1-888-254-2125 and request a replacement card to be paid with a check or money order—they will then send you a form to be filled out and mailed in.
How do I get my state boating license?
You may have heard that you need the New Hampshire Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate. You can get the New Hampshire Safe 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 Boater's Guide of New Hampshire - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for New Hampshire Marine Patrol and available online only at boat-ed.com
For New and Experienced New Hampshire Boaters
New Hampshire Marine Patrol
31 Dock Road
Gilford, NH 03249