Q. What is the Hawaii Boater Education Card?

A. The Hawaii Boater Education Card (also known as the Hawaii Boating License or boaters license) is proof that you have taken and passed a boating safety course approved by the Hawaii Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation. All Personal Watercraft or 'Thrill Craft' operators are required to have a Boater Education Card while operating in Hawaii. The Hawaii Boater Education Card is good for life and does not need to be renewed.

Q. Boating License or Boater Education Card... is there a difference?

A.The boater education card is proof that you have successfully completed a boating safety course. The card does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore, it is NOT an Hawaii 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 Hawaii Boater Education Card?

A. Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a boater education card.

Q. How do I get my Hawaii Boater Education Card?

A. You can obtain your Hawaii 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 Hawaii boating safety course manual and pass the final exam
  3. Print off your Certificate of Completion

Q. Who needs a Hawaii boater education card?

A.As of November 10th, 2014, anyone who wishes to operate a motorized boat over 10 horsepower or a PWC is required to obtain a Boater Education Card. For more information please consult the Hawaii boating laws and regulations page.

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®. BOATERexam.com® also offers some tips and tricks on passing the boating license test for those who wish to further prepare for their 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, courses must be completed within 90 days of payment at which time your access to the course will expire.

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 Hawaii Boater License?

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