The Indiana Boater Education Card

Who needs the Boater Education Card?

You need education if you are at least 15 years old and will be operating a motorboat or PWC but do not have an Indiana driver’s license.

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

You do not have to be a resident of Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana Boating License.

I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Indiana 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?

Get Certified Online!

Take this Indiana–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 West Washington Street, Room W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Indiana Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions