Frequently Asked Questions about Tennessee Boating Regulations & Laws

Q. What is the "Tennessee Boater Education Card"?

A. The Boater Education Card (also referred to as the Tennessee Boaters License) is proof of competency of the basic rules of the water that all boaters should know. The Boater Education Card must be carried with you whenever you are operating a powered watercraft to avoid high fines.

Q. Do I have to get the Tennessee boaters certificate?

A. If you were born after January 1, 1989, you are required to have a Boater Education Card to operate any powered watercraft including personal watercraft. However, the online course is only a study tool to help you prepare you for the mandatory in-person proctored exam.

Only those born on or before January 1, 1989 are permitted to take the online course and exam to get certified.

Q. How do I get my Tennessee Boater Education Card?

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

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $29.95 — unlimited free retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Tennessee Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
  3. Print your Certificate of Completion immediately and receive your Boater Education Card in the mail within 3-5 weeks

For a complete overview of the Tennessee online boating exam process, please visit our Tennessee Boating Certificate Online Exam Process overview page.

Q. What if I don't pass the Tennessee Boating Test?

A. No problem. There is no cost to retry the exam if you do not pass. You will receive your score and be allowed to review any of your wrong answers. You can then review the course material and take the exam again at no cost to you.

Q. How much does the exam cost?

A. There is a one-time fee of $29.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam. Learn more about Risk-Free Policy.

Q. What payment methods are accepted?

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

Q. What is the "Certificate of Completion"?

A. The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed. This certificate is valid for 60 days from the date you take your exam and should should be carried with you when you boat until your permanent Boater Education Card arrives in the mail.

Q. When will I receive my Boater Education Card in the mail?

A. Your card will arrive in 3-5 weeks from the date you take your exam.

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, courses must be completed within 90 days of payment at which time your access to the course will expire.

Q. How many questions are on the exam?

A. The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

Q. What is the passing grade?

A. The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.® Risk Free Policy

Our Risk Free Policy is designed so you can feel confident about choosing® to get your Tennessee Boater Card. We offer two simple money-back guarantees:

1. You will pass the course

Over 98% of our students pass the final exam on the first try! If, however, you don't pass the final exam, just give us a call and we'll issue a full refund.

2. You will be satisfied with your® experience

97% of our students recommend the online course to others. Our course is the best in the industry and we stand behind that promise. If we don't meet your expectations, call us for a full refund.

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