Many recreational boaters in Washington are required to complete an approved boating education course and carry a Washington State Boater Education Card.
National and statewide boating accident statistics tell us that educated boaters are safer. Whether you cruise, sail, kayak, fish, or do yoga on a stand-up paddle board, you need to know the basics of boating safety.
The Washington State Boater Education Card is valid for your lifetime! It is also valid in Canada and Oregon. We encourage you to take an education course even if you're not required to carry a card.
Then mail your completed application packet and processing fee to:
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program P.O. Box 34333 Seattle, WA 98124-1333
Your card will be mailed within two to three weeks. If you haven't received your card within 90 days, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 902-8555.
Are you relocating from another state? Have you already passed a boater education course and have been issued a card? We suggest contacting us to verify the course and card you have are valid in Washington.
Once we verify it is valid, you may submit a Boater Education Card Application, along with $10, and a legal copy of your proof of course completion (education card) from the state it was issued and we'll issue you a new card.
You may apply for a replacement Boater Education Card if your legal name has been changed, you need to correct personal information you entered incorrectly, or your card was lost, stolen, or destroyed. The fee for a replacement card is $5.