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The Official Nevada Boating License

The Official Nevada Boating Course, Test and License is required for boaters born on or after January 1, 1983. Designed for North American Boaters from coast-to-coast.
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NEED YOUR NEVADA BOATING CARD?

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Nevada Department of Wildlife Approved Boater Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.


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    1. Study Online

    Study up with the Official Nevada Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.

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    2. Ace The Test

    It’s easy. Our Nevada Department of Wildlife Approved multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!

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    3. GET ON THE WATER

    Once you pass the test, you can print your temporary card and use it immediately. Your permanent Nevada Boater Card, the Official Nevada Boating License, will arrive by mail within four weeks.

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NEED YOUR NEVADA
BOATER CARD?

Born on or after January 1st, 1983? You must have a Nevada Boater Education Card to operate any motorized watercraft greater than 15 horsepower.

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Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.

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make it easy

Our animated, narrated and interactive lessons guide your learning experience and help you pass.

Everything you need
included

The BOATsmart!® Course includes all the knowledge you need to pass the test and boat with confidence.

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BOATsmart!® automatically tracks your progress on any device. Take it anywhere, anytime.

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NEVADA BOATING KNOWLEDGE BASE

NEVADA BOATER CARD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A BOATER EDUCATION CARD TO GO BOATING IN NEVADA?

All boaters operating a boat with an engine of 15 horsepower or greater, who were born after Dec. 31, 1982, are required to have a Boater Education Card in Nevada. Understand that most other states will require boaters to carry a Boater Education Certificate, commonly known as a Boating License, during boat operation. If you get your Nevada Boater Education Card now, you’ll be prepared to legally boat in other states and you may also recieve a discount on your recreational boat insurance.

WILL MY BOATSMART! CARD EVER EXPIRE?

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.

WILL MY NEVADA BOATING LICENSE CARD EVER EXPIRE?

Nope! Your BOATsmart! Card will be good for life. But don’t be a stranger – BOATsmart! offers free refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating knowledge up to date! Nevada’s boating laws may change over time. Make sure you’re in the know.

WILL MY NEVADA BOATING LICENSE BE VALID IN OTHER STATES?

Yes! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the BOATsmart! Course meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This law applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or PWC there.

I LOST MY NEVADA BOATER EDUCATION CARD – CAN I ORDER A REPLACEMENT?

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.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS ON NEVADA’S WATERS?

The only boaters REQUIRED to wear life jackets when boating in Nevada are:
Any boaters 13 years of age or younger who are on board boats that are underway.
PWC operators and passengers. Inflatable life jackets will not meet the requirements.
Passengers being towed by a PWC. Inflatable life jackets will not meet the requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT TAKES ME LONGER THAN 3-HOURS TO COMPLETE THE BOATSMART! COURSE? WILL I NEED TO START OVER?

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.

DO I NEED TO INSURE MY BOAT IN NEVADA?

Boaters are not required to have boat insurance in Nevada. However, some states require boaters to carry boat insurance, so always check with boating law authorities in the state where you plan to boat in. If you’re the ‘better safe than sorry’ type and plan on getting boat insurance, you’ll recieve a discount with most insurance companies for being a BOATsmart! Card holder. Get certified with BOATsmart! today and save!

WHAT ARE THE FINES AND PENALTIES IN NEVADA FOR BOATERS CONVICTED OF OPERATING A BOAT WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS?

In Nevada, boaters convicted of operating under the influence will face a maximum fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail, court costs and testing fees. Never drink and drive. Learn more about the penalties for boating with alcohol by taking the BOATsmart! Boater Safety Course.

WHAT IS THE LEGAL LIMIT FOR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHEN OPERATING A BOAT IN NEVADA?

In Nevada, you will be considered to be ‘under the influence’ of alcohol if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% or higher. Take the BOATsmart! Nevada Course to learn more about the risks of boating with alcohol.

WHO ENFORCES THE LAWS ON NEVADA’S WATERWAYS?

Nevada’s boating laws are in place to keep the state waters a safe place for everyone enjoying them. Always comply with the laws in place and follow any direction given by law enforcement. You can learn more about Nevada’s boating laws by taking the BOATsmart! Nevada Boating Safety Course. There are several boating law authorities in the state of Nevada:
Nevada Department of Wildlife Game Wardens, sheriifs and other peace officers.
The U.S. National Parks Service on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.
The U.S. Coast Guard on Lake Tahoe and the Colorado Rivers System.

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BOATING IN NEVADA

Trusted And Recognized From Coast To Coast

Nevada offers beautiful National Parks and State Parks, the Grand Canyon and some spectacular waterways. You’ll find world-famous Lake Tahoe here, where you can launch a boat, get a little wet and enjoy a day on the water in Nevada!

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