Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate?

A. The Virginia Boating Safety Certificate (also known as the Virginia Boating License or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Virginia. The Virginia Boating Safety Certificate is good for life and does not need to be renewed.

Q. Boating License or Boating Safety Education Certificate... is there a difference?

A.The boating safety education certificate is proof that you have successfully completed a boating safety course. The safety certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore it is NOT a Virginia Boating License although that's what most people call it since they are used to the term.

Q. I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Virginia Boating Safety Certificate?

A. Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a boating safety education certificate.

Q. How can I get my Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate?

A. You can obtain your Virginia Boating Certificate in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $29.95 — free unlimited retries of the chapter quizzes
  2. Study the Virginia Boating Safety Course and pass the end of chapter quizzes
  3. Print a temporary card and receive your permanent card in the mail within 3-5 weeks

Q. Who needs a Virginia boater license?

A. New Law: Beginning July 1, 2016
All PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.

For more information please consult the Virginia 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 BOATERexam.com. It includes unlimited free retries of the chapter quizzes, as well as printing and shipping of your permanent card. Learn more about BOATERexam.com's Risk-Free Policy.

BoaterExam also offers some tips and tricks on passing the boating license test for those who wish to further prepare for their course.

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 online boating safety course

A. You need a grade of 90% or higher on each of the end of chapter boating license tests to pass the course. That means 9 correct answers out of 10 on each of the tests.

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

A. At the end of each chapter of the boat safety course, you will have the option of taking a practice test before you attempt the actual end of chapter test. These are short boater exam practice tests that cover the same topics that are present in the boating license tests.

Q. Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Virginia Boater License?

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

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

  Minimum Recommended
Browser Internet Explorer 9.0
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

BOATERexam.com® Risk Free Policy

Our Risk Free Policy is designed so you can feel confident about choosing BOATERexam.com to get your Alabama 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 BOATERexam 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.

Get Certified