South Dakota Boating Regulations
The South Dakota Boater Education Card (also sometimes incorrectly referred to as
the South Dakota boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an
approved boater education course. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish &
Parks currently offers a Boater Education Card to prove that you are a safe boater.
This can have benefits such as savings on marine insurance.
Many boating fatalities occur because boaters aren't educated about boating safety.
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks believes that an educated boater
is a safer boater.
Where can I take my safe boating exam and get my Boater Education Card?
You can write your safe boating exam directly on the Internet at BOATERexam.com®.
Once you pass the exam your boater education card is mailed to your home. In the
meantime, you can print off a Certificate of Completion.
Where can I get the boater safety education course material?
All the required safe boating training material to get
your South Dakota boater education card is available at BOATERexam.com®.
Simply visit our Safe Boating Course Manual section to
gain access to the South Dakota specific training material. The
South Dakota Safe Boating Course is accredited by NASBLA and by the South
Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks.
Where can I get more information about South Dakota boating regulations and the
South Dakota boater education card?
Answers to most of your questions can be found on our Frequently
Asked Questions page. You may also visit the South
Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks for additional information,
or you can contact us and we will be glad to answer
any of your questions.
Get your Boater Education Card Online!
Did you know?
Many boaters incorrectly use the term "South
Dakota Boating License" when referring to their Boater Education Card. The
Boater Education Card is NOT a boating license. Unlike a driver's license, your
Boater Education Card cannot be revoked and is good for life.
Although there is currently no mandatory education requirements in South Dakota,
an Educated Boater is a Safer Boater. By taking a boating safety course, you help
ensure our waterways are the safest they can be. Not to mention, completing a course
may reduce your boat insurance 10-15%!