What is an Indiana Boater Education Card?
The Indiana boater education card is proof that a boater has successfully passed the Indiana Boating Safety Test. Operators who are at least 15 years of age who do not hold a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID Card are required to get certified.
Is the Indiana Boater Education Card the same as a Boating License?
The Indiana Boater Education Card is proof of successful completion of the Indiana state-approved boater education course. The card is commonly referred to as a “boating license” However, unlike a license the Boater Education Card does not expire, and does not need to be renewed.
Who needs an Indiana Boater Education Card?
Boaters who are at least 15 years of age are required to obtain an Indiana Boater Education card if:
Who is exempt from having to obtain an Indiana Boater Education Card?
- Operators who possess a valid driver’s license
- Operators who are at least 15 years of age and possess an ID Card issued by the Indiana DMV
What is the penalty for not having a card?
Boaters caught without an Indiana Boater Education Card may face a fine.
How do I get an Indiana Boater Education Card?
You can obtain your official Boater Education Card from BOATsmart! in three steps:
- Take the BOATsmart! Indiana Boating Safety Course online.
- Pass the Indiana Boating Safety Test online.
- Print a temporary card immediately.
Will my Indiana Boater Education Card ever expire?
No. Your Indiana Boater Education Card is good for life. However, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the most recent boating safety regulations. Be sure to take advantage of BOATsmart!’s free refresher lessons to be sure you’re aware of the rules that apply in your state.
How do I replace my Indiana Boater Education Card?
You can easily purchase a replacement Indiana Boater Education Cards from BOATsmart!. Call us at 1-877-655-7778 to order, or login to your BOATsmart! Account to order online.
Do I need a Driver’s License to operate a boat in Indiana?
Yes. Boat operators who do not possess a Boater Education Card are required to have a driver’s license or Identification Card issued by the Indiana DMV in order to legally operate a motorized boat within the state.
Do I need a Boater Education Card for all types of boats?
Depending on your age, the Indiana Boater Education Card is required to operate a motorized boat.
How long does the Indiana Boater Education Course take?
The state of Indiana requires that you spend a minimum of 3 hours studying the online course. The purchase of your BOATsmart! Indiana Boating Safety Course includes unlimited lifetime access.
Is my Indiana Boater Education Card valid in other states?
Yes. The Indiana Boater Education 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.