Who needs the Boater Education Card?
All PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators of 10 hp or greater regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Virginia to take this online course.
You Must Carry the Card
Vessel operators who are required to have the Virginia Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your Virginia Boater Card when it is required can result in a fine.
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 Virginia 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 Virginia Boating License.
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Virginia Boater Education Certificate?
Yes. You are not required to have a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.
For these and other questions about your boating card, please check our FAQs.
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Virginia Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions