Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the "Nebraska Safe Boating Certificate"?

A. The Nebraska Safe Boating Certificate (also referred to as the Nebraska boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The Nebraska Boater Education Card is good for life and does not need to be renewed.

Q. Do I have to get the Nebraska boaters license?

A.Nebraska law requires any motorboat operator (including personal watercraft) born after December 31, 1985, complete a Boating Safety Course and be in possession of a course certificate when operating the boat. You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) in Nebraska. For more information, please consult the Nebraska Boating Laws and Regulations page.

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 boater education card does not expire and does not need to be renewed. Therefore, it is NOT a Nebraska Boating License!

Q. I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Nebraska 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 Safe Boating Certificate?

A. You can obtain your Nebraska Boater Education Card in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time course fee of $29.95—free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Nebraska Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
  3. Print a temporary card immediately and receive your permanent card in the mail within 3-5 weeks.

Q. How long is the boat safety course and card good for?

A. The certification 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®.

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 boating license test?

A. You need a grade of 75% or higher on the boating license test to pass. That means 45 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.