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

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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Iowa, you must have an Iowa Registration Certificate and registration decals to operate a vessel on Iowa's public waters legally. Exceptions to registration are:

  • Inflatable vessels that are 7 feet or less in length
  • Canoes and kayaks that are 13 feet or less in length and have no motor or sail
  • Vessels properly registered in another state and using Iowa waters for 60 or fewer days within one calendar year