Official Michigan Boating Safety Course

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

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Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $29.50 course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need Michigan Boating education?

You need education if you were born after June 30, 1996, and will be operating a vessel in Michigan. Most PWC operators also need education.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take the Boat Michigan.

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

What To Expect From Boat Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.


Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Made by Boaters, for Boaters

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Comprehensive Instruction in Michigan Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Michigan. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

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State-Approved Content

As a course provider approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Boat Michigan covers everything a new boater may need to know in order to be safe in Michigan while boating.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers the only online Boating education courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

We’re people, not robots.

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday & Sunday

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.

1-800-830-2268 toll-free



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Michigan Approved

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 30028
Lansing, MI 48909

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A.

Michigan Boating License FAQs

The boater education certificate in Michigan is often called a “boating license.” While the certificate is often called a Michigan boating license, the certification does not expire and does not need to be renewed.

Do you need a license to drive a boat in Michigan?

Michigan boating laws require all boat operators born on or after July 1, 1996, to get certified by completing a boater safety course. This certification is sometimes called a “Michigan boating license.”

Do you have to have a driver’s license to drive a boat?

You do not have to have a driver’s license to operate a boat in Michigan. However, you may be required to complete a boater safety course, sometimes called a “boating license.”

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

Frequently Asked Questions