Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest
Covering Puget Sound & San Juan Islands
Washington State Boater Education Card
Mandatory Boater Education
In 2005, a law was passed requiring boat operators to take a boater safety education course in order to operate a boat in Washington state. The law applies to operators of motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater.
Boaters can take an education course in a classroom, online or at home. Once the course is completed and test passed, boaters need to send a completed application for their card.
Here are some recommended on-line courses:
If boaters already have taken an approved boating class, they only need to send in their application with supporting documents to get a Boater Education Card.
- Complete and submit the application for a Boater Education Card along with fee and supporting documents.