What is the Boater Education Card?

The Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved boater safety course. This card allows boating in Pennsylvania.

Exemptions

Residents of other states who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, and operate on Pennsylvania waters for 60 days or less are exempt if they hold a boating safety certificate issued by their home state.

You Must Carry the Card

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

Pennsylvania Frequently Asked Questions