North Carolina Boat Course

All residents born on or after January 1, 1988 must have a North Carolina Boater Education Card to operate a motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more.

Approved by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

There is no minimum age to take the course and you do not need to be a resident of the state. Pass the course and be certified for life!

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!

Enjoy Two Weeks Free

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Frequently Asked Questions


In North Carolina, all residents 14 years of age or older must take boaters safety courses to drive personalized watercraft (PWC). However, drivers older than 14 may operate water vessels without taking an education course if they are under a valid supervisor.


It is a boating safety education certificate and not a license.

Course Accreditation

Yes, our North Carolina boater education course is approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Price & Billing

The North Carolina boater education course costs $29.99

Replacement Documents

You can re-print your temporary card after logging into your account, assuming you passed the course and exam


Select a course and click the "Sign Up!" button


Yes, you can access the course on a mobile phone

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