Regulations

Nevada Boating Regulations

The Nevada Boater Education Card (also referred to as the Nevada boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The Nevada Department of Wildlife currently has a mandatory boater education requirement that requires all boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 who operate a powered watercraft over 15 hp to have the Nevada boating license on board when the vessel is underway to satisfy the Nevada boating regulations.

Many boating fatalities occur because boaters aren't educated about boating safety. The Nevada Department of Wildlife believes that an educated boater is a safer boater.

Where can I take my safe boating exam and get my Boater Education Card?

You can write your safe boating exam directly on the Internet at BOATERexam.com®. Once you pass the exam your boater education card is mailed to your home. In the meantime, you can print off a Certificate of Completion that can be used as a temporary license to satisfy the Nevada boating regulations until your permanent boater education card arrives.

Where can I get the boater safety education course material?

All the required safe boating training material to get your boater education card is available at BOATERexam.com®. Simply visit our Nevada Safe Boating Course section to gain access to the training material. The Nevada Safe Boating Course is accredited by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Where can I get more information about Nevada boating regulations and the Nevada boater education card?

Answers to most of your questions about the Nevada boater's license can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also visit The Nevada Department of Wildlife for additional information, or you can contact us and we will be glad to answer any of your questions.

Did you know?

Many boaters incorrectly use the term "Nevada Boating License" when referring to their Boater Education Card. The Boater Education Card is NOT a boating license. Unlike a driver's license, your Boater Education Certificate cannot be revoked and is good for life.

Education Requirement

A Nevada Boating License is required for all persons born on or after January 1, 1983 who operate a powered watercraft over 15 hp on Nevada's interstate waters, including Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Topaz Lake.