Ohio Boater Education Card
Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get my replacement cards?

You can replace your Ohio Boater Education Certificate by contacting Ohio State Parks and Watercraft at 1-614-265-6485, or by emailing [email protected]. If you’re in need of proof of boater education while you wait for your replacement card, you can contact the nearest field office to receive a temporary 45-day certificate.

What is the fine for not having a card?

Boaters caught without an Ohio Boater Education Certificate will face a fine of up to $250, imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both. 

What do I do if I’ve lost my temporary education certificate (proof of course completion)?

If you haven’t received your permanent Ohio Boater Education Certificate, and have lost or destroyed your temporary certificate, you can login to your BOATsmart! account to print another copy. 

What if I obtained my certificate through another course provider?

If you obtained your Education Certificate through another course provider, you can contact Ohio State Parks and Watercraft to obtain a replacement. 


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Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks and Watercraft

2045 Morse Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229

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