Kansas Boater FAQs

Prepare for the official Kansas Boating Safety Test by taking the BOATsmart Course which includes animated, narrated and brilliantly illustrated lessons, perfect for all ages.

The 3-hour Kansas Boating Safety Course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and includes all the knowledge you need in order to obtain your Kansas Boater Education Certificate.

Yes, all motorized boat operators between the ages of 12-20, are required to have a Kansas Boating License if they are unsupervised and operating a powerboat, sailboat or PWC.

Even if you aren’t required to have a boating license, you will benefit from being a BOATsmart! cardholder – once you’ve obtained your Card, it will be good for life, it will keep you legal when boating in other states and you’ll even save money on your boat insurance.

Yes. The BOATsmart! Boating Safety Course and Official Boating Safety Test have been officially approved by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Tourism and Parks, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is also recognized by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

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January 14, 2016


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Nope! Your BOATsmart! Card will be good for life because it does not expire. But don’t be a stranger – BOATsmart! offers free refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating knowledge up to date! Kansas’ boating laws may change over time. Make sure you’re in the know.

Yes, your Kansas boating license is valid in most states! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the BOATsmart! Course meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This law applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or PWC there.

No. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) requires Kansas boaters to complete the full 3-hour online study guide in order to access the online version of the Boater Education Test. However, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed all modules and quizzes you’ll be able to access Kansas’ Official Boater Education Card Test.

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January 14, 2016


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