About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed District of Columbia Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your District of Columbia Boater Education Certificate.

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Requirements for vessel registration vary. In the District of Columbia, you must have a District of Columbia Certificate of Number and validation stickers to legally operate your vessel on public waters. The only exceptions are:

  • Vessels registered in other states or countries using District of Columbia waters for 50 days or less
  • Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) using District of Columbia waters for 50 days or less
  • Vessels owned by the United States government or a state government
  • A vessel’s lifeboat
  • A vessel used exclusively for racing