Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the North Carolina Boating License?

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

Q. I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the North Carolina Boater License?

A.If you do not have a North Carolina driver's license you will still be able to get your Boater License.

Q. How can I get my North Carolina boater education card?

A. You can obtain your North Carolina boater education card in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $29.95—free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the North Carolina Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
  3. Print your temporary certificate and receive your North Carolina Boater Education Card by mail within 3-5 weeks

Q. Who needs a North Carolina boater license?

A.. A North Carolina Boating License is required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a powered watercraft of 10 HP or more on state waters. For more information on boat license requirements, consult the North Carolina boating laws and regulations.

Q. How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?

A. The boater license is good for life.

Q. How much does the boat safety course cost?

A. There is a one-time fee of $29.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam. Learn more about's Risk-Free Policy.

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.What do I need to pass the boating license test?

A. You need a grade of 80% or higher on the boating license test to pass. That means 48 correct answers out of 60.

Q. Can I review my Boater Exam answers?

A. Yes, once you have completed the boating license test and submitted all your answers they are graded immediately. You have the opportunity to review all your Boater Exam answers, whether you have passed or failed the Boater Exam.

Q. Are there Boater Exam practice tests or sample boater exam questions available?

A. Throughout the boat safety course, you can take end-of-chapter-quizzes that prepare you for the final exam. These chapter quizzes are short boater exam practice tests that cover the same topics that are present in the boating license test.

Q. Is anyone exempt from obtaining the North Carolina Boater License?

A. Yes, there are certain exemptions from the boat safety education requirement. For more information, check out the North Carolina Boating Laws page.

Q. What are the technical requirements for the online boating safety course and boating license test?

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Our Risk Free Policy is designed so you can feel confident about choosing® to get your North Carolina Boater Card. We offer two simple money-back guarantees:

1. You will pass the course

Over 98% of our students pass the final exam on the first try! If, however, you don't pass the final exam, just give us a call and we'll issue a full refund.

2. You will be satisfied with your® experience

97% of our students recommend the online course to others. Our course is the best in the industry and we stand behind that promise. If we don't meet your expectations, call us for a full refund.

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