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All boaters must have a Washington State Boater Education Card to operate a motorized watercraft of 15 HP or more.® is a delegated provider for the Washington State Parks.

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Washington Boater Education Card

Washington Boater Safety Course

In Washington, all boaters must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission in order to operate a motorboat with greater than 15 hp. Boaters are required to carry the Washington State Boater Education Card as proof of boater education.

Boating Age Requirements

  • No person under the age of 12 can operate a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater
  • No person under the age of 14 may operate a personal watercraft (PWC)
  • In order to rent a personal watercraft (PWC), a person must be at least 16 years of age

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

PWC operators in the state of Washington must be at least fourteen (14) years of age.

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This official Washington boating safety course is approved by the Washington State Parks.

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Have a quick question about Washington boating regulations? A great first stop is our Washington State Boating Laws page where we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about state boating laws, like who needs a Boater Education Card.

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Washington Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


How much does the boat safety course cost?


The Washington Boater Safety Course fee is $39.95. There is an additional $10.00 state fee for processing your card. 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 "Temporary Boater Education Card"?


The Temporary Boater Education Card is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.


What is the Washington Boater Education Card?


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


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


How can I get my Washington boating license?


You can obtain your Washington Boater Education Card in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $39.95 + $10.00 state fee – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the Washington Boaters Safety Course, and pass the final exam
  3. Print your Temporary Boater Education Card. Your Washington Boater Education Card will be available for download from the Washington State Parks site.

This official Washington boaters safety course is approved by the Washington State Parks.


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 Washington boating license?


Check out the Washington Boating Laws page to see if there are any exemptions from the boat safety education requirement.


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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