Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Nevada Boating Regulations & Laws

Q. What is the "Nevada Boater Education Card"?

A. The Boater Education Card (also referred to as the Nevada Boaters License) is proof of competency of the basic rules of the water that all boaters should know. The Boater Education Card must be carried with you whenever you are operating a powered watercraft to avoid high fines.

Q. Do I have to get the Nevada boaters license?

A.If you are born on or after January 1, 1983 you are required to get the Boater Education Card to operate any powered watercraft over 15 hp including PWCs on Nevada's interstate waters, including Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Topaz Lake.

Q. How do I get my Nevada boaters license?

A. You can obtain your Nevada Boater Education Card in 4 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $29.95 — free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Nevada Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
  3. Print off your Certificate of Completion
  4. Receive your Boater Education Card in the mail within 3-5 weeks

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

Q. What if I don't pass the Nevada Boating Test?

A. No problem. 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.

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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. Is anyone exempt from getting the Boater Education Card?

A.No. If you are born on or after January 1, 1983 you are required to get the Boater Education Card to operate any powered watercraft over 15 hp including PWCs.

Q. What are the technical requirements for the online boating test?

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