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Who needs to take the Illinois boaters safety course?
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1998 who operates a powered watercraft of 10hp or more needs a Boater Safety Certificate. BOATERexam.com® is a delegated provider for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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Who needs the Illinois Boater Card?
No person born on or after January 1, 1998, unless exempted by subsection, shall operate a motorboat with over 10 HP unless that person has a valid Boating Safety Certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
You must be at least 11 years of age to complete this Illinois online boating safety course.
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FAQs about getting a Illinois Boating License
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.
How much does the boat safety course cost?
What payment methods are accepted?
What is the "Certificate of Completion"?
What is the Illinois Boating Education Certificate?
I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Illinois boater license?
How can I get my Illinois boating license?
You can obtain your Illinois Boating Education Certificate in 3 easy steps:
- Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
- Study the Illinois Boaters Safety Course, and pass the final exam
- Print your Certificate of Completion, and receive your permanent Illinois Boating Education Certificate in the mail within 8-10 business days
This official Illinois boaters safety course is approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?
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