What is the Boater Education Card?
The Boating Safety Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved boater safety course. This card allows boating in Illinois.
You Must Carry the Card
Vessel operators who are required to have the Illinois Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your Illinois Boater Card when it is required can result in a fine.
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.”)
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Illinois Boater Education Certificate?
Yes. You are not required to have a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.
For these and other questions about your boating card, please check our FAQs.
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Take this Illinois–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.Lifetime Card
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