Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Alaska Boating Regulations and Laws

Q. What is the "Boater Education Card"?

A. The Boater Education Card is proof of competency of the basic rules of the water that all boaters should know.

Q. Do I have to get the Boater Education Card?

A. In Alaska, boater education is not a requirement but doing so will allow you to test you skills to be a better and safer boater. Also, you may be eligible for a savings on marine insurance for having your Boater Education Card.

Q. How do I get my Boater Education Card?

A. The steps required to get your Boater Education Card are as follows:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $29.95—free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the only boating safety course manual - Alaska Version
  3. Take the online boating exam - Alaska Version
  4. Print off your Certificate of Completion
  5. Wait for your Boater Education Card to arrive in the mail 3-5 weeks later

For a complete overview of the online boating exam process, please visit our Online Exam Process overview page.

Q. What if I don't pass the Alaska Boater Exam?

A. No problem. At®, we have a hassle free refund policy. There is no cost to retry the exam if you do not pass. You will receive your score and be allowed to review any of your wrong answers. You can then review the course material and take the exam again at no cost to you.

Q. How much does the exam cost?

A. The cost of the exam is $29.95. There is no cost to get your Boater Education Card which will be mailed to you home within 3-5 weeks.

Q. What payment methods are accepted?

A. We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.

Q. What is the "Certificate of Completion"?

A. The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.

Q. When will I receive my Boater Education Card in the mail?

A. Your card will arrive in 3-5 weeks from the date you take your exam.

Q. Is there a time limit to complete the final exam?

A. You can take the final exam at any time, day or night. The exam is not timed but inactive exams will be erased after 24 hours.

Q. Is there a time limit to complete the online course?

A. You can take the online course at any time, day or night. However, if it has been more than 12 months since you have started the course, you will have to restart the course from the beginning (if you already paid, you will NOT have to pay for the course again).

Q. How many questions are on the exam?

A. The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

Q. What is the passing grade?

A. The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.

Q. What are the technical requirements for the online boater exam?

  Minimum Recommended
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Firefox 2.0
Chrome 3.0
Safari 2.0
Opera 9.0
Latest versions of Chrome,
Firefox, or Internet Explorer
Operating System Windows XP or
Mac OS 9
Windows 7 or
Mac OS X
Screen Resolution 1024x768
Internet Connection dial-up high-speed