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Who needs a boating license in Florida?

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Florida law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass a NASBLA approved boater safety course.

Take your official Florida Boating License Test online now and be certified for life across North America.

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  • Pay only when you pass.

  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide.

  • Only $ 34.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

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Chapter 1

Boating safety course introduction

  • Mandatory boater education
  • Boating terminology
  • Registration & Titling
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Chapter 2

Boating Equipment

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  • Navigation light equipment
  • Other recommended equipment
Chapter 3

Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Pre-departure checklist
  • Launching & Retrieving a boat from the water
  • Boat preventive maintenance
Chapter 4

Safe Boat Operation

  • Operator responsibilities
  • Navigation rules
  • U.S. Aids to navigation system
Chapter 5

Getting Underway

  • Docking & Undocking
  • Procedures for anchoring
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
Chapter 6

Emergency Preparedness

  • Boating accidents
  • Surviving in cold water
  • Rendering assistance - Accident report
Chapter 7

Other Water Activities

  • Small boats - Special dangers
  • Water skiing & towed devices
  • Water-Jet Propelled Watercraft (PWC)

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  • The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

  • Free exam retries - Risk free!

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  • Print your certificate and start boating now!

  • Your certificate is valid for 90 days

  • You'll receive a wallet-sized card from the State within 4-6 weeks which is good for life!

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FAQ - Boating in Florida

Do I need a boating license in Florida?

Florida law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boater education ID card issued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida does not have a "boating license." The online boating safety education ID is proof of successful completion of the educational requirements and is valid for life.

Who is exempt from having to acquire a boater education card?
  • A person licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel.

  • A person operating on a private lake or pond.

  • An operator who is accompanied onboard by a person who is least 18 years old and possesses the required Boating Safety Education Identification Card, provided that person is attendant to and responsible for the safe operation of the vessel.

  • An operator who is accompanied onboard by a person who is exempt from the educational requirements, provided that person is attendant to and responsible for the safe operation of the vessel.

  • A nonresident who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed an approved boating safety course or equivalency examination from another state.

  • A person is operating a vessel within 90 days after the purchase of that vessel and has available for inspection aboard that vessel a bill of sale.

  • A person operating a vessel within 90 days after completing an approved boating safety course, as required in Chapter 327.395(1), and has a photographic I.D. and a boater education course completion certificate showing proof of having completed the required boating safety education course. The course completion certificate must provide the student's first and last name, date of birth, and the date the course was successfully completed.

Do I need a Florida Boating Safety Certificate if I'm only operating a jet ski/PWC?

Everyone born on or after January 1, 1988 must have a boater education identification card and photographic ID to operate a motorized vessel – including PWC – of 10 horsepower or more in Florida.

I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Florida Boating Safety Certificate?

You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a boater education card.

Is Florida Boating Safety Certificate accepted in other states?

Yes. All states that require boater education certification will recognize the Boat Operator's Certificate, due to a NASBLA approved course reciprocity for non-residents.

What are the age restrictions to drive a motorboat in the state of Florida?
  • A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida.

  • A person must be at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in Florida.

  • It is unlawful for a person to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft.

Do I need a boating safety certificate to rent a boat?

If you intend to rent a boat in Florida, you can get a Florida Boat Rental Temporary Certificate online which will allow you to rent and operate a boat in Florida, which will be valid for 90 days.

Why should I choose ACEBOATER.com?
  • we have hundreds of illustrations that will help you to better understand the content;

  • our online course is available 24/7.

  • you can access our online support by phone, email or chat.

  • we offer multi-platform training.

  • our Policy has always been, "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back"!

How long are boating cards valid in Florida?

Forever - they do not expire.

What does the course cost?

Only $ 34.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

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