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Who needs to take the Oregon boaters safety course?

All operators of motorized watercraft over 10HP must have an Oregon Boating Education Card.® is a delegated provider for the Oregon State Marine Board.

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Oregon Boating Education Card

Oregon Boating Safety Course

Out-of-state boaters are required to carry their home states boating education card while operating a motorboat over 10 hp. If their home state doesn’t require or offer boating safety education, they will need to take the Oregon’s Boating Safety Education course and purchase and carry the Oregon card before operating on Oregon waters.

Boating Age Requirements

In Oregon, no one may operate a motorboat if they are under the age of 12.

Operators of powerboats greater than 10 horsepower, and youth 12-15 operating any size powerboat, are required to take a boater safety course on basic boating skills and/or pass a test to demonstrate basic boating knowledge. Upon successful completion of the test, the Oregon Boating Education Card can be obtained and must be carried on-board while operating.

Youth 12-15 years of age need to carry the Oregon Boating Education Card when operating boats 1-10 hp alone. When youth 12-15 years of age operate a powerboat over 10 hp, they must carry the Oregon Boating Education Card on-board AND a Card-holding adult (16 or older, 18 for personal watercraft) must be on-board in direct supervision.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators in Oregon must be at least 16 years old. Operators must have proof of successful completion of an approved Boating Safety Course. A Card-holding adult (18 and older) must be in direct supervision on the PWC when anyone 12-15 years of age is operating.

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FAQs about getting a Oregon Boating License

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 $39.95 + $20.00 state fee 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 Oregon Boating Education Card?


Oregon Boating Education Card (also known as the Oregon boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Oregon. The Oregon Boating 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 Oregon boater license?


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


How can I get my Oregon boating license?


You can obtain your Oregon Boating Education Card in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $39.95 ($34.95 + $20.00 state fee for the card) – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Oregon Boaters Safety Course, and pass the final exam
  3. Print your Certificate of Completion, and receive your permanent Oregon Boating Education Card in the mail within 30 days

This official Oregon boaters safety course is approved by the Oregon State Marine Board.


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 Oregon boating license?


Yes, there are certain exemptions from the boat safety education requirement. For more information, check out the Oregon 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 75 multiple choice questions.


What is the passing grade?


The passing grade is 80%, or 60 correct answers out of 75 questions.
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