Who needs the Boater Education Card?
You need education if you are operating a powered watercraft of 15 hp or more in Washington.
You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Washington to take this online course.
Education is not required if:
- Your vessel has an engine that is under 15 hp.
- You were born prior to January 1, 1955.
- You hold a valid U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator’s License.
You Must Carry the Card
Vessel operators who are required to have the Washington Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your Washington 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 Washington Boater Education Card 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 Washington Boating License.
I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Washington 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 Washington Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions