Boating License

Who needs to take the Iowa boaters safety course?

All boaters between the ages of 12 and 18 must have an Iowa Watercraft Safety Certificate to operate any motorized watercraft over 10 HP.® is a delegated provider for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Iowa Watercraft Safety Certificate
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Watercraft Safety Certificate is good for life

Good for life!

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Iowa Boating License

Replacement Iowa Watercraft Safety Certificate

If your Iowa Watercraft Safety Certificate is lost or damaged, please visit to order a replacement.

Iowa Boating License or Watercraft Safety Certificate... Is there a difference?

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