Oregon’s Boater Safety Education Program

Oregon joins more than 40 states with educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters.

By completing and passing this Oregon–approved online boating license course, you will have satisfied the educational requirement for Oregon.

It’s the Law!

Get Safe. Get Certified.

Who Needs the Card?

All operators of powerboats in Oregon are required to carry the Boater Education Card.

Age Restrictions

You must be at least 12 years of age to take the online boat safety exam.


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.”)


Oregon law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.

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.

Penalty Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

For details about the boater education law, who is exempt from the education requirement, which courses are approved, the Final Exam, and the application for the Boater Education Card, visit http://www.boatoregon.com.

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Is the Boating Card the same as a Boating License?

The Boater Education Card is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course. Since the boater education card does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called an Oregon Boating License.

Boater Education Card

How do I get my state boating license?

You may have heard that you need the Oregon Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the Boater Education Card. You can get the Boater Education Card by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

Approved by:

Oregon State Marine Board
PO Box 14145, 435 Commercial St NE #400
Salem 97309-5065