BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Approved Boater Education Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.
Study up with the Official West Virginia 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 West Virginia Division of Natural 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 West Virginia Boater Education Card, the Official West Virginia Boating License, will arrive by mail within four weeks.
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Born after December 31, 1987? You must have a West Virginia Boater Education Card to operate any motorized watercraft greater than 10 horsepower.
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.
Yes. If you were born after December 31, 1986 and you’re operating a boat a motorized boat or Personal Watercraft (PWC), you must have a West Virginia boating license and it must be carried on board the boat during operation. There are some great benefits to being a BOATsmart! cardholder – once you’ve obtained your BOATsmart! Card, it will be good for life, it will keep you legal when boating in other states and you’ll recieve boat insurance discounts.
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.
In West Virginia it is illegal to operate any motorized boat or personal watercraft (PWC) while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination thereof. In West Virginia, boaters are considered to be under the influence if they have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. Learn more about the risks of drinking and boating by taking the BOATsmart! West Virginia Boating Safety Course!
On a first conviction, drunk boaters will face a minimum fine of $500, and up to 6 months imprisonment. Subsequent convictions will carry heavier fines and penalties. Take the BOATsmart! West Virginia Course to learn more about the effects of alcohol on boaters and the laws for boating with alcohol in West Virginia.
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.
PWC operators in West Virginia are required to be at least 12 years of age. Learn more about PWC safety and handling characteristics by taking the BOATsmart! West Virginia Course.
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.
West Virginia’s boaters must always comply with both federal and state boating laws and must follow any direction given by law enforcement. Learn more about West Virginia’s boating laws by taking the BOATsmart! West Virginia Course. West Virginia’s boating law authorities you’ll see on the water are:
The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police Officers
The U.S. Coast Guard (on federal waters)
Any other peace officer
Yes, PWC operators must comply with West Virginia’s Boater Education requirements to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and and carry their West Virginia Boater Education Card.
The only boaters required to WEAR their life jackets in the state of West Virginia are:
Children 12 years of age and under while underway on the deck of any vessel.
PWC operators and passengers.
Passengers being towed by a boat or PWC.
If you’re on the hunt for your next boating destination, look no further. Whether you’re craving an adrenaline filled whitewater adventure on one of the top 10 whitewater rivers in the world, or enjoying a lazy-day cruise on the tranquil Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia’s boating options are endless.