Interactive North Carolina Boating License Course
The fastest North Carolina boaters safety course—no timers! ilearntoboat.com is a delegated boating safety provider for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
You need boating education in North Carolina if you were born on or after January 1, 1988 and will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp on North Carolina waters.
How to Get your Boating License in 4 Easy Steps
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Sign up for your ilearntoboat® student account, pay for the course, and get started right away.
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Study & Pass the Online Course
Learn at your own pace on any device. We automatically save your progress, whether you take the course on desktop, tablet or mobile.
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Print Your Temp Card Immediately
You're able to print your temporary boating license as soon as you've passed the online exam.
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Time to make waves! You can now legally and confidently operate a boat.
Why Take This Course?
|North Carolina-Approved boater education|
|No minimum time requirements|
|Complete the course in under 3 hours|
The Boater Education Card
The Boater Education Card (often referred to as "North Carolina Boating License" or "North Carolina Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.
Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry their card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by enforcement officers.
The Only Approved Interactive Boater Safety Course in North Carolina
This interactive course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by NASBLA as well as meets the requirements of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Official course provider approved by:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1751 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
The Only Gamified Interactive Course
North Carolina-Approved Boater Safety Education
Our interactive boater safety course satisfies all boater education requirements established by NASBLA and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
No Minimum Time Requirements
Students complete our interactive courses faster than our traditional courses. Why? There are no timers—ever!
Complete the Course in Under 3 Hours
Instruction that engages the brain using both words and images has been shown to significantly increase student retention and comprehension. When you combine interactive learning with no minimum time requirement, it’s easy to understand why many of our students complete their boater education in under 3 hours!
Make choices for your character that will earn you awards and allow you to move through levels by applying what you’ve learned about boater safety throughout the challenges.
We made sure to include plenty of mini-games and realistic simulations to keep you engaged along the way. Earn achievement badges as you master trip planning, emergency preparation, and safety operations. Crack all of the levels, and you will be awarded your boating education certificate.
North Carolina Boating Laws and Regulations
North Carolina law requires boater education for anyone born on or after Jan 1, 1988, operating a motorized vessel of 10 hp.
North Carolina Age and Operator Restrictions
No person younger than 14 years old may operate a PWC.
Persons 14 or 15 years may operate a PWC only if they…
- Are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who is in compliance with motorized vessel requirements or…
- Are carrying personal identification showing proof of age and proof of completion of a NASBLA- and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission–approved course or…
- Are carrying personal identification showing proof of age and completion of another boating safety course in compliance with state laws.
North Carolina Boater Education Requirement Enforcements
North Carolina law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
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North Carolina Boating License FAQs
Price and Payment
- How much does the North Carolina Boat Course cost?
The North Carolina Boat Course fee is $54.95.
Taking the Course
- Do you need the North Carolina boating license?
You need education if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and will be operating a boat or PWC of 10 hp or more in North Carolina.
Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in North Carolina?
- What is the minimum age to take this online course?
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
- Do I have to be a resident to take the North Carolina Boat Course?
You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina to take this online course.
Course Approval and Acceptance
- Is the North Carolina Boat Course approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission?
The North Carolina Boat Course is approved and accepted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
- Is my North Carolina Boater Education Card accepted elsewhere?
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada's requirements.
Quizzes and/or Exams
- Do I have to take an online exam?
The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
About Your Certification
- What is the proof of online North Carolina Boat Course completion?
Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 60 days after course completion.
- What is the permanent North Carolina Boater Education Card?
The Boater Education Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boater Education Card will arrive within 2-3 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents
- How do I replace my Boater Education Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boater Education Card, go to https://ilostmycard.com/.
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We’re available to help you:
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, and
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
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