Frequently Asked Questions about Tennessee Boating Regulations & Laws
Q. What is the "Tennessee Boater Education Card"?
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?
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?
You can obtain your Tennessee Boater Education Card in 3 easy steps:
- Pay the one-time fee of $29.95 — unlimited free retries of the final exam
- Study the Tennessee Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
- 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
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?
There is a one-time fee of $29.95 paid to BOATERexam.com®. 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"?
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?
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, 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. How many questions are on the exam?
The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.
Q. What is the passing grade?
The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.