The District of Columbia Boater Education Card

Complete this District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Harbor Patrol‐approved boating course to get your own District of Columbia boating safety card.

Who needs the Boater Education Card?

Everyone in District of Columbia needs education.

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of District of Columbia to take this online course.

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.

Reciprocity

For visiting boaters, 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.”)

Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?

The District of Columbia Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the District of Columbia Boating License.

I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the District of Columbia Boater Education Certificate?

Yes. You are not required to have a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.

Other Questions

For these and other questions about your boating card, please check our FAQs.

How do I get a card?

How do I get a replacement card?

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions District of Columbia Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions