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Take the official Texas Boating Safety test online. Consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, the final test is open book. BOATsmart! includes free unlimited retries so you’re guaranteed to pass.

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Print your Temporary Card immediately after passing the final test. Your permanent card will be available for download from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 2 weeks of completing your course. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Texas Boater Education Card?

The Texas Boater Education Card is proof that a boater has successfully passed the Texas Boating Safety Test. All boat operators who were born after September 1st, 1993, who are at least 13 years of age, are required to obtain the card to legally operate certain types of vessels. 

Is the Texas Boater Education Card the same as a Boating License?

The Texas Boater Education Card is commonly referred to as a “Boating License” however, unlike a license, your Boater Education Card is good for life, and doesn’t require renewal. The Texas Boater Education Card provides proof that you have successfully completed a Texas Boater Education course. 

Who needs a Texas Boater Education Card?

All boaters born after September 1, 1993 are required to obtain a Texas Boater Education Card in order to legally operate any of the following:

  • A motorized boat of 15 hp or more
  • A wind-powered sailboat greater than 14 feet in length
  • A Personal Watercraft (PWC)

Who is exempt from having to obtain a Texas Boater Education Card?

  • Persons born prior to September 1, 1993
  • Persons born on or after September 1, 1993 who are directly accompanied by an adult on board who is at least 18 years of age
  • Operators from out of state who have passed an approved course from another state

What is the fine for not having the Card?

Boaters who are caught operating without a Texas Boater Education Card may be fined up to $500.

How do I get a Texas Boater Education Card?

You can obtain your official Texas Boater Education Card from BOATsmart! in three steps:

  1. Take the BOATsmart! Texas Boating Safety Course online. 
  2. Pass the Texas  Boating Safety Test online.
  3. Print a Temporary Certificate immediately.

How do I prepare for the Texas Boating Safety Test?

Boaters can prepare for the official Texas Boating Safety Test with the BOATsmart! Course which includes animated, narrated and illustrated lessons designed for all ages. The 3-hour Texas Boating Safety Course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and Texas Parks and Wildlife. The BOATsmart! Texas Boating Safety Course includes all the knowledge you need in order to obtain your Texas Boater Education Card.

Will my Texas Boater Education Card ever expire?

No. Your Texas Boater Education Card does not expire. However, keep in mind that you can always access your BOATsmart! Course to access free refresher lessons, and brush-up on state regulations and boating safety content.

How do I replace my Texas Boater Card?

Texas Boater Education Card are issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Visit https://tpwd.elementlms.com and click on “Am I Certified” to replace your Texas Boater Education Card.

Do I need a Driver’s License to operate a boat in Texas?

No. The state of Texas does not require boaters to have a driver’s license in order to operate a boat. However, all boat operators born after September 1, 1993 are required to obtain a Boater Education Card to legally operate:

  • A motorized boat of 15 hp or more
  • A wind-powered sailboat greater than 14 feet in length
  • A Personal Watercraft (PWC)

Do I need a Texas Boater Education Card for all types of boats?

Operators who required certification in Texas must obtain a Boater Education Card to legally operate the following: 

  • A motorized boat of 15 hp or more
  • A wind-powered sailboat greater than 14 feet in length
  • A Personal Watercraft (PWC)

How long does the Texas Boater Course take?

The state of Texas requires that you spend a minimum of 3 hours studying the online course. The purchase of your BOATsmart! Texas Boating Safety Course includes unlimited lifetime access.

Is my Texas Boater Card valid in other states?

Yes. The Texas 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.

Who is BOATsmart!?

BOATsmart!® is North America’s Boating Educator, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the US Coast Guard. We’ve been delivering award-winning online boating courses since 2003 and have certified more than 650,000 boaters. BOATsmart! is accredited and approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife, to deliver the official Texas Boater Education Course and Boating Safety Test.

 

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The official BOATsmart! Texas Boating Safety Course is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the US Coast Guard.

BOATsmart! has provided online boating safety education across North America since 2013. Our courses are designed and developed by real boaters, subject matter experts and instructional design educators. We’ve certified more than 650,000 boaters online and are proud to be the choice of boaters from coast-to-coast.

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