Boating License

Who needs to take the Illinois boaters safety course?

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1998 who operates a powered watercraft of 10hp or more needs a Boater Safety Certificate.® is a delegated provider for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Illinois Boating Education Certificate
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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Boating Education Certificate is good for life

Good for life!

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Illinois Boating License

Replacement Illinois Boating Education Certificate

If your Illinois Boating Education Certificate is lost or damaged, please visit to order a replacement.

Illinois Boating License or Boating Education Certificate... Is there a difference?

The boating education certificate is proof that you have successfully completed a boating safety course. The boating education certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore, it is NOT a Illinois Boating License!