Florida Boat Course

All boat operators in Florida who were born on or after January 1st, 1988, must have a Florida Boater Education I.D. Card to operate any motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more.


RENTING A BOAT or JETSKI? Take the Florida Temporary Boating Certificate Test HERE [$9.99].


Approved by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The ID card is issued by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission upon successful completion of the course, and must be onboard when operating on state waters. Get certified today! If you are renting a boat, get your temporary boating certificate here!

Three steps to become a Licensed Boater


Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages


Pass The Online Exam

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About Florida

The sunshine state is by far one of the most beautiful states to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and lakes. If you are into watersports, then you will find that Florida is a paradise. With over 1,200 miles of coastlines, over 30,000 lakes, and an average temperature of 79° F, it will, sooner than later, tempt you to get on a boat and head to the water.

While we always want to have the best of times while recreating, there are a few things to keep in mind when taking a boat out in the water. First, safety is a number one priority and should be given the importance it deserves. Secondly, basic navigation rules can help you have a more enjoyable trip without endangering property or human lives. Statistical reports show that 70% of boating accidents can be prevented by following good boating practices while operating a boat. These and other topics are covered in our NSBLA approved boating course.


Do you need a boating license in Florida?

Florida legislation requires that all recreational boat operators, born on or after January 1st of 1988, have a Boater Safety Education ID Card, commonly known as a "Florida boating license." Taking a boating safety course should not be a matter of being compliant with the state’s requirements, but it should a demonstration of responsibility and good interest to other boat users.


Are you planning to rent a boat in Florida?

If you are renting a boat, you are required to get a temporary boating certificate. Get your temporary boating certificate here!

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is it mandatory to complete a boat course in Florida to drive a boat?

Are there any age or operator restrictions for driving a boat in Florida?

Are senior citizens exempt from obtaining their boater education card?

What is the minimum age to take this course?

How long will it take to complete the Florida boater education course?

Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?

Do I need to be a resident of Florida to take this course?

I failed a chapter quiz. Did I fail the Florida boater education course?

What score do I need to pass chapter quizzes?

How many questions are there on the exam?

What score do I need to pass the final online exam?

Do you have practice questions before taking the official exam?

Is it an open book exam?

Do I have take the course before I write the exam?

Do you have a soft copy of the materials so I can review it offline?

Is there a practical exam before I can start driving a boat or I just need the boater's education card?

Does passing the boater education course give me a foundation to take other boating courses?


Is it a boating safety license?

How do I get my Florida boater card after completing the course?

How do I get my temporary certificate of completion?

What is the proof of online course completion?

How long is the validity of my Florida boater education card?

Will boaters who have previously taken a boating safety course be required to take another course or test?

Will I ever have to renew my Florida education card?

Does my temporary certificate allow me to operate any boat?

When do I need a boater education card?

Do I need proof of competency to operate a non-powered watercraft?

What is acceptable proof of competency for non-residents?

Is my boater education card revokable or suspendable?

What if I still have not received my boater education card after the expected date of delivery?

Will there be a penalty for those who have a Florida boater education card, but do not carry it while boating?

Are you planning to rent a boat?

Course Accreditation

Is your Florida boater education course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?

Is your Florida boater education course approved by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators)?

Is the Florida boater card accepted outside of the state?

How do I contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?

Price & Billing

What does the Florida boater education course cost?

Is it safe to enter my credit card information?

What other payment options do you have aside from debit/credit card?

Is there an annual cost for the card?

How does the automatic time extension feature work?

What is your refund policy?

Do you have an affiliate network program?

Do you offer referrals or any promotions?

Replacement Documents

How do I replace my temporary Florida online course completion document if I lost or damaged it?

How do I replace my Florida boater card if I lost or damaged it?


How do I sign up?

What if I forget my password?

How can I change my user information?

If I log out, do I lose my progress?

How many times can I log in and out of the course?


Can I access the course on my mobile device?

Can I do part of the course on desktop and part on mobile?

What happens if I lose my internet connection while taking the exam?

Will this course run on any web browser?

What are the system requirements in order to take the exam online?

What is required to play the videos in the course?

Moving to Florida

Do I need to pass a boating course when moving to Florida from another state?

I have a boater card from another state. Will it be accepted in Florida?

How long can I drive a boat in Florida with my out of state boater card?

Where can I get more boating related information for moving to Florida?


I have a question that is not answered above. What do I do?

What are your hours of operation?

Why should I choose BoatTests101.com?

Can I help to teach the boater education course?

How can I apply to work at your company?