BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Approved Boater Education Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.
Study up with the Official Kentucky 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 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources 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 Kentucky Boater Education Card, the official Kentucky Boating License, will arrive by mail within four weeks.
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In Kentucky you need a Kentucky Boater Education Card if you are 12 to 17 years old, are unaccompanied, and will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp.
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.
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Kentucky has a Mandatory Boater Education requirement for boaters 12-17 years of age. If you’re in this age bracket and you’re operating a motorized boat powered by an engine of 10hp or greater, you’ll be required to take a Kentucky Boating Safety Course and Official Boating Safety Test that has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). By completing and passing the BOATsmart! Kentucky Boating Safety Course, you’ll meet the boater education requirements for the state.
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 Official Kentucky Boater Education Card is commonly referred to as a ‘Boating License’ or ‘Boat License Card’.
No – a driver’s license is not required to operate a watercraft in Kentucky. However, you may be required to carry a Boater Education Card on board at all times while operating a motorized boat, depending on your age and the horsepower of your boat’s motor.
You will recieve a fine if you’re caught operating a boat in the state of Kentucky and you are required to have a boating license on board during operation. In Kentucky, officers often issue a ticket to the legal guardian of the minor who was caught boating without a boating license. The citation is for $50 + court costs. Avoid the fine, get certified with your BOATsmart! Boater Education Card today!
If your BOATsmart! Boater Education Card is missing or has been destroyed, you can easily purchase a Replacement Card from BOATsmart! for $9.95 per card. Give us a call and we will send you a new BOATsmart! Card in the mail. Toll free 1-877-655-7778.
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.
Any person who operates a motorized boat in the United States should participate in boater education. The BOATsmart! Safe Boating Course covers all aspects of safe boating and responsible boat operation on U.S. waterways. Boaters of any age and ability are encouraged to participate in the BOATsmart! certification program.
A Boater Education Card or Boating License, issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be accepted by Kentucky’s law enforcement so long as it is carried on board during boat operation.
Kentucky’s lakes and riverways are patrolled by law enforcement to keep the waters a safe place for you and your family to spend your time when boating and enjoying Kentucky’s vast waterways. Always comply with Kentucky’s boating law authorities – they’re out there to keep you safe! Play by the rules – make sure you have your Kentucky Boating License if you’re required to carry one when operating a motorized boat. If caught boating without one, you may recieve a fine. There are three boating law authorities in the state of Kentucky:
Officers of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR)
The U.S. Coast Guard (on federal waters)
All other peace officers on the state
Go boating in Kentucky – it’s easy to get on the water when there are lakes and rivers flowing all throughout the state. Kentucky offers the perfect landscape for boating and fishing!