Since 2010, the State of Florida requires that any person who wishes to operate a vessel with more than 10 horsepower and is born after January 1st, 1988, must complete and pass a boater safety course.
Florida does not have a “Boating License” but a Boater Safety Education Identification Card is proof of a successful completion of the course and exam. Good news for you is that the Identification Card is valid for life and requires no follow up courses or renewal fees. You are just asked to review your notes to keep up with the boating rules and regulations.
There are some boating safety education exceptions for those who are born after January 1st, 1988. Those exceptions include those licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, those operating in private lake or pond, those operating a vessel with someone over 18 years of age with a safety card and a non-resident who has completed a boater safety exam course in another state. For more exceptions, click here.
Boating Safety Education courses can be taken either online or in a classroom format. Once the course is completed you will be asked to take a short exam of everything you have learned during the course. Once you pass the exam, you will be issued a Temporary Boating Certificate. The Temporary Boating Certificate can be used immediately, and your Boater Safety Education Identification Card will be mailed to you.
The Boating Safety Courses range in price. Some classes are free, and the classes range from $15 dollars to $50 dollars. Click here to view the approved safety courses.
To read more about the rules and regulations, click here.