Maine Boat Course

All boat operators 16 and 17 years of age must take and approve a safety education course before being able to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) without supervision. 


For rentals, you can take a Temporary Boater Safety Exam HERE $12.99


Approved by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

The Maine Boater Education Card is NASBLA approved and is accepted by the state of Maine as valid proof to safely operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in the state waterways. 

Three steps to become a Licensed Boater


Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages


Pass The Online Exam

Unlimited re-tries

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Go Boating

Print temporary license and start boating!

Is it called a Boating License?

Some people may call it a Boat License or Boaters License. However, it is not a license. It is known as a Boater Education Certificate or a Boater Education Card. The reason it is not called a Maine boating license is that it does not expire or need to be renewed.

After you have successfully completed the NASBLA / Maine approved Boater Safety Course and Exam, you will be issued a Maine Boater Card. This card is good for life.

Remember, your Boater Card must be carried with you while operating marine vessels. Otherwise, it may result in a fine from a local law enforcement officer.

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