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All boaters born after December 31, 1981 must have an Ohio Boater Education Certificate to operate any motorized watercraft over 10 HP.® is a delegated provider for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.

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Ohio Boater Safety Course

In Ohio, anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft in order to operate a motorized vessel with greater than 10 hp. Boaters are required to carry their boater education certificate as proof of boater education.

Boating Age Requirements

Motorized vessels with greater than 10 hp motor (excluding PWC):

Individuals 12 years of age or older may legally operate (unsupervised). Individuals under 12 years of age may operate if a supervising person is aboard.

Motorized vessels with less than 10 hp motor or vessels without a motor (excluding PWC):

Individuals that are 12 years of age or older may legally operate. Individuals under 12 years of age may operate if the operator is under the direct visual and audible supervision of a supervising person (not required to be on board).

Note: Under Ohio law, a supervising person is defined as an adult person who is 18 years of age or older and provides direct visual and audible supervision. A supervising person must meet the mandatory education requirements as described above.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

  • Individuals who are 16 years of age or older may legally operate a PWC (unsupervised)
  • Individuals 12-15 years of age may operate IF a supervising person is aboard
  • Individuals under 12 years of age may not operate at all

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Ohio Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


How much does the boat safety course cost?


There is a one-time fee of $34.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam.


What payment methods are accepted?


We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.


What is the "Certificate of Completion"?


The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.


What is the Ohio Boater Education Card?


Ohio Boater Education Card (also known as the Ohio boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Ohio. The Ohio Boater Education Card is good for life and does not need to be renewed.


I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Ohio boater license?


Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.


How can I get my Ohio boating license?


You can obtain your Ohio Boater Education Card in 4 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Ohio Boating Safety Course
  3. Study the Ohio Boating Safety Online Exam
  4. Print your Certificate of Completion, and receive your Ohio Boater Education Card in the mail within 2-3 weeks


How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?


The boater license is good for life.


Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Ohio boating license?


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


Is there a time limit to complete the online course?


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.


How many questions are on the exam?


The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.


What is the passing grade?


The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.

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