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All boaters born after September 1, 1993 must have a Texas Boater Education Certificate to operate motorized watercrafts over 15HP or wind-blown vessels over 14ft. BOATERexam.com® is a delegated provider for the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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Texas Boater Safety Course
Texas has a mandatory education law for certain boaters. All boaters born after August 31, 1993, must complete a TPWD-approved course and be certified with the TPWD to operate:
- Any vessel over 15 horse power.
- Any windblown vessel over 14 feet.
- All personal watercraft
Exemptions for those born after August 31, 1993 include:
- Operating your motorboat on private waters
- Boaters who are accompanied by a person 18 or older who is exempt from mandatory education
- Boaters who are residents of another state that have passed a TPWD-approved course in another state
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements
12 years of age or younger:
An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 12 years of age or younger is operating a PWC.
13 - 17 years of age:
An adult (18 years of age or older) must be present on the watercraft while anyone 13 - 17 years of age is operating a PWC. Unless, the operator has successfully completed a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Approved Safe Boating Course. *
* Persons subject to this law must have a picture identification card and a boater certification card issued by the department in their possession.
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Texas Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.
How much does the boat safety course cost?
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What is the "Certificate of Completion"?
What is the Texas Boating Safety Education Certificate?
I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Texas boater license?
How can I get my Texas boating license?
You can obtain your Texas Boating Safety Education Certificate in 3 easy steps:
- Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 + $10.00 state fee – free unlimited retries of the final exam
- Study the Texas Boating Safety Course, and pass the final exam
- Print your Certificate of Completion. Your Texas Boating Safety Education Certificate will be available for download from the Texas Parks and Wildlife site.
How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?
Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Texas boating license?
Is there a time limit to complete the online course?
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