Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about North Dakota Boating Regulations & Laws

Q. What is the "North Dakota Boater Education Card"?

A. A North Dakota Boater Education Card (also referred to as the North Dakota Boaters License) is proof of competency of the basic rules of the water that all boaters should know.

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

A. In North Dakota, no one may operate a motor powered vessel over 10 hp (including personal watercraft) if they are under the age of 12 unless they are accompanied by an adult (18 years or older).

No persons who are between the ages of 12 through 15 years may operate a motor powered vessel over 10 hp (including personal watercraft) unless they are accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) or they have taken and successfully completed a North Dakota Game and Fish Department approved safe boating course.

Q. How do I get my North Dakota boaters license?

A. You can obtain your North Dakota 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 North Dakota Boating Safety course
  3. Take the North Dakota Online Boating Exam
  4. Print off your Certificate of Completion and receive your Boater Education Card in the mail within 3-5 weeks

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

Q. What if I don't pass the North Dakota 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. There is a one-time fee of $29.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited free retries of the final exam. It also gives you access to an instant temporary certificate of completion as well as an official card that will arrive in the mail in 3-5 weeks. Learn more about's Risk-Free Policy.

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. This certificate is valid for 60 days from the date you take your exam and should should be carried with you when you boat until your permanent Boater Education Card arrives in the mail.

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 boating test?

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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.

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