Your Official Washington Boating License

The Official Washington Boating Course, Test and License is required for boaters born on or after January 1, 1955. Designed for North American Boaters from coast-to-coast.
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Need Your Washington Boater Card?

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Washington State Parks Approved Boater Education Certificate (or boating license). We include everything you need.
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1. Study Online

Study up with the Official Washington 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 Washington State Parks 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

Print your official Certificate of Course Completion and application and submit it to Washington State Parks. They will send you permanent Washington Boater Education Card in the mail within 6 weeks.

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Do you need a license to drive a boat?

Boating Safety Education is required by anyone on or after January 1st, 1955 and 12 years of age or older operating a pleasure craft powered by an engine greater than 15 horsepower.

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Not sure what to expect? Try the Practice Test for free and test your knowledge.
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Not sure what to expect? Try the Practice Test for free and test your knowledge.
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& learn

Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.

Animated lessons
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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own pace

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

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& skill levels

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by boaters

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Washington Boating Knowledge Base

Washington Boating License 
Frequently Asked Questions

IS BOATSMART! A RECOGNIZED BOATING SAFETY ORGANIZATION?

 
Yes. The BOATsmart! Boating Safety Course and Test have been officially approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is also recognized by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
 

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.
 
DO I NEED TO TAKE BOATER EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON?
 
Boating Safety Education is required by anyone born after December 31, 1954 and 12 years of age or older operating a pleasure craft powered by an engine greater than 15 horsepower.
 
WILL MY WASHINGTON BOATING EDUCATION I.D. CARD BE VALID FOR BOATING IN OTHER STATES?

 
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.
 

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.
 

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