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Is My Boating License Valid in Other States?

After securing a boat, it is important to check all rules regarding insurance and regulations surrounding the boat and what is involved with running it, as well as obtaining a boating license. Ideally, boating licenses should be valid across all states in order to ensure that you can travel around as you please but also bring your boat to your home state where it may be anchored close to you.

In spite of this, it is always important to check the rules and regulations in any state you may wish to travel through. Prices of obtaining a boating license in the US tend to range between $500 and  $800 depending on the qualification.

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When is My Boating License Valid?

After completing a boat safety course, your boater education card will be valid across all states which demand that boater education has taken place prior to sailing a boat. The boater education card does not expire and there us no need to renew it, meaning that once you have completed your boater education, it is completed for life.

This is the rule when sailers have completed their boating education with an organisation which has been previously approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.


What is the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators?

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is representative of the recreational boating authorities across all states. The organisation is in place to ensure the national boating education standards. This means that any sailer looking to obtain a their boating education card is learning the most useful information regarding boat safety tor reduce the chance of anything going wrong.


How Can I Demonstrate I’ve Completed the Boating Education?

After completing an official boating education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, you will be provided with an official card. It is then necessary to carry the card at all times when travelling out of your home state via boat where it is also required to have taken a boating education course. It is possible that you may be stopped by a law enforcement officer who desires to see the card in order to prove the course has been completed prior to the travel.

If you happen to lose your boating education card, it is usually possible to access a new one via the website of the organisation you completed your training with. If you are without your card, you should not travel without it to a state which requires you to have completed a boating education course.