Florida Boating Course FAQs

Do I need a boating license?

According to the FWC, Florida does not have a "boating license". The Boating Safety Education Identification Card is proof of successful completion of the educational requirements to start boating, and has no expiration date.

Do I need this course?

The state boating requirements are to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued identification card if were born on or after January 1, 1988 and want to operate a motorboat with 10 horsepower or more.

Is this course approved?

Yes, this course has been approved through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and accepted through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Do I need anything to start the course?

No, everything you need is 100% online.

Do I have to take the course in one sitting?

No you can take the course at your own pace. The system will save your progress.

Can I just use the certificate to start boating while waiting for my card?

Yes. If you are required to have an FWC-issued Boating Safety Education I.D. card in order to operate a boat and you have completed an approved boating safety course, the course completion certificate (along with a photo I.D.) can be used as proof of meeting the educational requirement.

How long can I use the certificate in lieu of the card?

The course completion certificate can be used for up to 90 days and it is not a permanent replacement for the Boating Safety Education I.D. Card.

Do you charge for the certificate or card?

No, you pay one flat course fee which includes the certificate, reprints, and the boater safety card issued by the state.