Arizona’s Boater Safety Education Program

By completing and passing this Arizona–approved online boating license course, you will have improved your boater safety by learning Arizona's boatings laws and guidelines.

If you plan to boat in states other than Arizona, you may have to meet educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on those state waters.

It’s Smart!

Get Safe. Get Certified.

Who Needs the Card?

Even though not required in Arizona, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on insurance or for boating in other states that require a boating license.

Do your part to make boating in Arizona a safe, enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Arizona course and practice what you learn.

Age Restrictions

There is no minimum age to take the online course and boater exam.

No one under the age of 12 may operate a vessel with a motor greater than 8 horsepower (which includes PWCs) unless:

  • An emergency exists or …
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian is on board or …
  • Another person at least 18 years of age is on board.


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.”)


Whether or not your state requires boater education, learning about the rules of the water, along with your state’s boating laws and regulations, can keep you safe when on the water.

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 boating laws and which courses are approved, visit

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Is the Boating Card the same as a Boating License?

The Arizona 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 Arizona Boating License.

Arizona Boater Education Certificate

How do I get my state boating license?

You may have heard that you need the Arizona Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Arizona Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Arizona Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at 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 Arizona, A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for Arizona Game and Fish Department and available online only at

For New and Experienced Arizona Boaters

Approved by:

Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000