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The easiest and most comprehensive way to ace your Virginia boating safety course.

Commonly known as the

Virginia Boating License

Virginia Boater Card requirements

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

In Virginia, all motorboat operators with a 10 hp motor or greater, regardless of age


All PWC (personal watercraft e.g. a Jet ski, Sea Doo) operators need to take a boating safety course.

Take your Official Virginia Boating License Test online now and be certified for life across U.S.A.

Virginia Online Boating Safety Course 3 easy steps

Étape 1 - Étudiez à votre rythme

Study at your own pace

  • Pay only when you pass.
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide.
  • Only $ 24.95 (online course, the quizzes, and online certificate included).

Étape 2 - Faites l'examen en ligne

Take the final test

  • Pass the Virginia chapter quizzes
  • Free quizzes retries - Risk free!

Imprimez votre carte

Print your boating card

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

Reviews Official boating safety course

Rated 4.7 based on 4220 customers reviews
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The program was easy to understand and easy to navigate.
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Seemed good
Bruce L
1 days ago
So good that I have passed the test in first try!
Shenru H
1 days ago
very fun and easy
Wesley H
1 days ago
The course was amazing well explained and organized. I loved it!
Paul D
1 days ago
Very thorough
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Great. Timer helps you review
Scott R
1 days ago
Easy to understand and follow along. Fabulous course!
Sandy L
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Tyler S
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very informative
Kaytlin L
1 days ago
It was painless. Thanks
Jeffrey M
1 days ago
Very informative, just wished that there was more information on how to operate a pleasure craft.
Reimi D
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good instruction
Linda K
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Fairly extensive
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Well organized and videos helped!
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Boating license test course

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Virginia Boating Safety Course Discounts

Take advantage of our group discounts for family and friends. Register together and get a discount of up to 30% for the online boating course!

10% discount for 2 people

20% discount for 3 people

30% discount for 4 people

FAQ - Boating in Virginia

Do I need a boating safety course to operate a motorboat in Virginia?

All Motorboat operators with a 10 hp or greater motor, regardless of age


All PWC (Personal WaterCraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos) operators need to take a boating safety course.

Who is exempt from having to acquire a boating safety course in Virginia?

  • boaters in possession of a valid license to operate a vessel issued to maritime personnel by the U. S. Coast Guard or a marine certificate issued by the Canadian government are already covered. The law also allows for
  • a 90 day temporary operator's certificate for the owner(s) of a newly acquired boat. This nonrenewable temporary operator's certificate would be issued along with the certificate of number (boat registration) and gives the owner(s) of a newly acquired boat 90 days within which to successfully complete a boater safety education course, or successfully complete the equivalency exam
  • operation with a rental or lease agreement from a motorboat rental or leasing business and completion of a dockside safety checklist
  • operation under onboard direct supervision of a person who already meets the education requirement (so you can teach your kids or other family members/friends how to more safely operate a boat)
  • operation by non-residents operating a boat registered in another state if they meet the applicable boating safety education requirements of their state of residency
  • operation by Virginia registered commercial fishermen or a person under their direct supervision while operating the commercial fisherman's boat
  • operation by law enforcement officers while they are engaged in the performance of their official duties
  • operation of the motorboat due to the illness or physical impairment of the initial operator and is returning the boat to shore in order to provide assistance or care for the operator
  • Provides documentation that he is serving or has qualified as a surface warfare officer or enlisted surface warfare specialist in the United States Navy.
  • Provides documentation that he is serving or has qualified as an Officer of the Deck Underway, boat coxswain, boat officer, boat operator, watercraft operator, or Marine Deck Officer in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, United States Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine.

I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Virginia boating safety course?

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

Do you need to register your boat in Virginia?

Registrations are required for every recreational boat in Virginia, including powerboats, sailboats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflatable boats. More information.

Is Virginia boating safety certificate accepted in other states?

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

What are the age restrictions to drive a motorboat in Virginia?

For a PWC, the minimum operator age continues to be age 16, except those 14 or 15 year olds who have completed and passed a course can operate. This has been the law since 1999 and has not changed.

For a motorboat, there continues to be no minimum operator age.

At what minimum age can a person be certified in Virginia?

No age limit as long as they can pass the test. However, it is fairly difficult for youngsters under the age of about 12 to complete and pass a course. Remember though that youngsters can operate a boat under onboard direct supervision of a person who meets the boating safety education requirement.

Do I need a boating certificate if I'm only operating a jet ski/PWC in Virginia?

To operate a PWC / jet ski in Virginia, everyone must be able to prove they have successfully completed an approved boating safety course

How can I get a replacement boater safety card if I've lost it?

If you've received a plastic, wallet-size Boater Education Card / Certificate from Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries you can receive a replacement as long as they can locate you in their database. You must fill out this application.

Why should I choose


  • 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''!

Is it a boating license?

A Boating License is not the same as the Virginia Boater's Card. To operate a motorboat on the Virginia waters you need to take a NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course and obtain the Lifetime Virginia Boater's Card.

What does the course cost?

Only $ 24.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

United States Coast Guard

NASBLA - National Association of State Boating Law Administrator