The Montana Boater Education Card

Who needs the Boater Education Card?

You need education if you are 13 or 14 years old and will be operating a motorboat or PWC over 10 hp in Montana.

You must be at least 13 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Montana 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.


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 Montana 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 Montana Boating License.

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

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

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