Who needs the Boater Education Card?

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.

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

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

You Must Carry the Card

Vessel operators who are required to have the Michigan Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your Michigan Boater Card when it is required can result in a fine.

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.”)

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

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

Michigan Frequently Asked Questions