Who needs the Boater Education Card?

You need education if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and will be operating a boat or PWC of 10 hp or more in North Carolina.

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

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

You Must Carry the Card

Vessel operators who are required to have the North Carolina Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina Boating students most frequently ask.

North Carolina Frequently Asked Questions