BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Idaho State Parks and Recreation Approved Boater Education Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.
Study up with the Idaho Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.
It’s easy. Our Idaho State Parks and Recreation Approved multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!
Once you pass the test, you can print your temporary card and use it immediately. Your permanent Idaho Boater Education Card, the official Idaho State boating license, will arrive by mail within four weeks.
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An Idaho Boater Education Card (or boating license) proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge to safely operate a motorized watercraft on Idaho’s waterways.
Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.
Our animated, narrated and interactive lessons guide your learning experience and help you pass.
The BOATsmart!® Course includes all the knowledge you need to pass the test and boat with confidence.
BOATsmart!® automatically tracks your progress on any device. Take it anywhere, anytime.
Designed by boaters and subject matter experts just for you.
No. Currently, there is no law in Idaho that requires boaters to have an Idaho Boater Education Card. However, most other states will require you to carry a Boating License while operating a boat. So, if you become a certified boater now, you’ll be able to boat legally in other states and you’ll also receive a discount on your boat insurance. Win-win!
Your BOATsmart! Card will never expire. But stay in touch after you pass the test – BOATsmart! offers free, online refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating skill and knowledge up to date as years pass and boating regulations change.
The only boaters REQUIRED to wear life jackets while boating in Idaho are:
Boaters 14 years of age or younger who are on board boats that are under 19 feet in length and underway.
PWC operators and passengers.
Passengers being towed being a boat (i.e. water-skiers).
All motorized boats in Idaho are required to be registered. To register your boat and obtain a Certificate of Number, submit an application and fee to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at the following address:
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 83720 Boise, ID,
In Idaho it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Idaho boat operators will be considered to be ‘under the influence’ of alcohol if their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% or higher. Learn more about the risks of boating with alcohol by taking the BOATsmart! Idaho Course.
Easily. You can order a Replacement Idaho Boater Education Card from BOATsmart! for a fee of $9.95. Simply call us toll free at 1-877-655-7778. We can hook you up!
Yes! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 other states, which extend reciprocity to certified boaters. This law applies to operators of motorized boats (who have taken and passed a NASBLA approved boating safety course), but does not apply in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit before operating a boat or PWC there.
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Knowledge Base before taking the Final Test.
Yes, Idaho boaters renting a personal watercraft (PWC), commonly known as a ‘WaveRunner’, ‘SeaDoo’ or ‘Jet-ski’, will be required to take a boating safety course. Afterwards, each rider must carry the state’s verification of education card whenever operating (driving) a rented PWC. Contact Idaho Parks & Recreation for more information.
Boaters who are convicted of operating a boat while under the influence will face a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and/or face up to 6 months in the county jail.They may also lose the right to operate a boat for up to 2 years and be required to complete a course on safe boating. Subsequent violations will be punishable by more severe fines and penalties. Learn more about the risks of boating with alcohol by taking the Idaho Boater Safety Course.
Idaho’s boaters are required to comply with the boating laws in place and follow any direction given by law enforcement. Learn more about Idaho’s boating laws by taking the BOATsmart! Idaho Course. Idaho’s boating law authorities include:
The sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of the respective counties.
The U.S. Coast Guard (on federal waters).
If you love hitting the water, Idaho’s many lakes, rivers and reservoirs are great for boaters! There are docks and launch ramps located in Idaho’s State Parks, public lakes and in most of Idaho’s popular camping areas! It couldn’t be easier to launch a boat and enjoy a day on the water in Idaho!