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

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The registration number and validation decal must be displayed as follows.

North Carolina Validation Decal
  • Number must be painted, applied as a decal, or otherwise affixed to both sides of the bow.
  • Number must read from left to right on both sides of the bow.
  • Number must be in at least three-inch-high BLOCK letters.
  • Number’s color must contrast sharply with its background.
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or hyphen: NC 0000 AB or NC-0000-AB.
  • No other numbers may be displayed on either side of the bow.
  • Decal must be affixed on the starboard (right) side of the vessel within six inches following the registration number. No decal is on the port (left) side.
North Carolina PWC Validation Decal
Personal watercraft also are required to display the registration number and validation decals.