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Florida Boating License Online

Drive a Boat USA is an official provider of the Florida Boater Safety Online Course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Boat operators born on or after January 1, 1988, operating a vessel powered by 10hp or more in the State of Florida, must pass an approved boating safety course and obtain a Florida Boater Safety Education ID Card in order to legally operate the vessel.

Get your Florida Boater Card in 3 simple steps

Our Florida boating safety course is approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It includes a comprehensive step-by-step series of videos and quizzes to prepare you for your Florida State boat exam.

Step 1: Study the boater safety course

You will learn everything you need to know about safe boating, so you can pass the boater exam and obtain your Boater Safety Education ID Card.

Step 2: Take the official boat exam

After course completion and when you feel ready, take the boater exam online. The exam can be taken with open-book and unlimited retries.

Step 3: Obtain your Florida boat license

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be able to print out a Temporary Boater Education Certificate. Your official Identification Card will then arrive by mail in 3-4 weeks. You’re ready to go boating on Florida waters!

Boating safety course approved by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Drive a Boat USA is an official provider of Boating Course approved by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Accessible on all devices

With Drive a Boat USA, you can study the Florida Boater Safety Course at your own pace on whichever device you prefer—desktop, laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

Florida boater’s license FAQ

Yes. Florida law requires motorized boat operators born on or after January 1, 1988, to follow a Florida boating safety education program, pass a test and carry a boater education card if they operate a boat of 10 hp or more.

You’ll need to study for a minimum of 3 hours before taking the boating exam. Once you’ve completed the course, you will be given unlimited time to complete the official boater exam.

As mentioned above, Florida’s boating laws require that any person born on or after January 1, 1988, who operates a boat with 10 horsepower or greater, obtain a boater education card.

The following persons are exempt from holding a Florida State boater education card:

∙       A person licensed as a master of a vessel by the US Coast Guard.

∙       Those who operate on private lakes or ponds.

∙       Operators who are accompanied on board by a person who is at least 18 years old and has a Boating Safety Education Identification Card, provided that person is responsible for the vessel’s safe operation.

∙       Operators accompanied onboard by exempted individuals, as long as they are responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the vessel.

∙       Non-residents who have completed NASBLA-approved boater safety courses or equivalent exams from another state.

∙       If a person is in possession of a bill of sale that complies with all the requirements of Chapter 328.46(1), Florida Statutes, and operates a vessel within 90 days after purchasing that vessel.

∙       Those operating a vessel within 90 days of completing an approved boating safety course, as required by Chapter 327.395(1), possessing a photo ID and a certificate of completion of a boater education course as proof of completion.

No! Once you have taken the course, passed the exam and earned your boater education card, it is valid for life.

Yes! Both state and Canadian government agencies recognize out-of-state boater safety education cards as long as they are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Yes! NASBLA-compliant boating education cards, as well as Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, will be recognized by all states, territories, and provinces.

A visitor to Florida must meet the conditions to be exempted from the state’s mandatory boater education requirements before renting a boat. If a visitor does not meet these requirements, but still wishes to rent a boat, a temporary certificate is available from vendors all over the state.

If your Boating Safety Education ID Card has been lost or damaged, you can order a replacement by calling 850-488-5600 or requesting one via email at

There is a one-time fee of $34.95 to take the Florida boater exam with Drive a Boat USA. This fee includes unlimited retries for the exam.

Group and family discounts are also available from Drive a Boat USA:

∙       2 People: $29.95 per license

∙       3 People: $24.95 per license

∙       4 People: $20.95 per license


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