The Virginia Boater Education Card
Complete this Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries‐approved boating course to get your own Virginia boating safety card.
pay only when you pass, unlimited exam attempts
Who needs the Boater Education Card?
As of July 1, 2015, all PWC operators age 14 and older and motorboat operators 50 and younger must complete a boating safety course.
Beginning July 1, 2016, all PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.
There is no minimum age requirement to take the Boat Virginia 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 a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
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.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
7870 Villa Park Drive, PO Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Virginia Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions