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Maryland boating license

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A complete 3-hour course… well organized in 7 chapters

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  • The card is valid for life
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Maryland Boater Education Card requirements

Maryland boating license

Anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must obtain a certificate of boating safety education before operating a motorboat or personal watercraft.


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  • Start the course for free.
  • Only $ 39.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide approved by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
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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
  • Meeting situations
Chapter 5

Getting Underway

  • U.S. Aids to navigation system
  • Docking & Undocking
  • Procedures for Anchoring
Chapter 6

Emergency Preparedness

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

Other Water Activities

  • Water skiing & towed devices
  • Water-Jet Propelled Watercraft (PWC)
  • Marine environment

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Take the final test online

  • The boating exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

  • Open-book final test.

  • Free exam retries - risk free!


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  • Print your certificate and start boating now!
  • Your certificate is good for life.
  • You'll receive a wallet-sized card within 4-6 weeks.

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FAQ - Boating in Maryland

Do I need a boating safety education certificate to operate a watercraft in Maryland?

To operate a motorboat or PWC in Maryland, anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, must carry a boating safety education certificate proving they have passed a NASBLA approved boating safety education course.

What are the age restrictions to operate a powerboat in Maryland?
  • Anyone under the age of 16 without a boating safety certificate must be supervised by an individual born before July 1, 1972 or someone at least 18 years of age and who possesses a valid boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel 11 feet or greater in length. If the vessel is less than 11 feet in length, anyone possessing a valid boating safety certificate can provide supervision. 

  • PWC operators must be at least 16 years old, even if they have a boating safety education certificate.

At what age can a person be certified in Maryland?

There is no minimum age to take the boating safety education course.

What form(s) of identification does an operator have to carry on board?

Anyone subject to the mandatory education requirements must carry a boating safety education certificate.

Is Maryland boating education certificate accepted in other states?

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

How can I get a replacement card if I lost mine?

Before we can replace your boating card we must be sure that we originally issued it to you. Check with us by calling our toll-free number at 1 877 661-1938 to talk to an agent, or send us an email including your date of birth and we will contact you by email within 24 hours, during our office hours.

If you are certain that you took your online course with, please log into your dashboard and click on "Order Replacement Cards".

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  • 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 safety certificates valid in Maryland?

Forever - they do not expire.

What does the course cost?

Only $ 39.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

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