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How to Apply For a Boating License in Oklahoma

Oklahoma requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The card is mandatory for all boat operators who are 12 years or older to operate a boat with an engine of 10 hp or more. They also need to be supervised by an adult while operating the boat.

There is a restriction on the age of boat operators. If you are under 12 years of age, you are not allowed to operate a powered vessel.

The laws also require that the person operating a boat should not be under the influence of intoxicants. The legal limit of the blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% and if arrested for a higher BAC, harsh penalties may be imposed on the operator, based on the severity of the offense as well as the previous number of similar convictions.


The following persons are exempt from the above requirements:

  • Boat operators possessing a valid boaters' license issued by the U.S Coast Guard


To obtain the Boater Education Card, you must complete a boater education course approved by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol or pass an approved equivalency test.
In an approved course, students learn how to operate and maintain their boats, the legal requirements for boating, and what to do in emergencies. This ensures that boating remains a safe and fun experience.
There are various approved ways you can complete the course and obtain the card:

  1. Three classroom options offered by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S Power Squadron.
    • The course duration is a minimum of six-eight hours.
    • To pass the course, you must get 80% of the answers right on the exam administered at the end of the course.
  2. The Boater Education Card is either handed out at the end of class, or mailed to you within 45 days.
  3. Only the card issued after a classroom course is recognized in most other states, and by many insurance companies for insurance discounts.
  4. Approved online options offered by Boat Oklahoma, Boater Exam Oklahoma, and Boat U.S. Foundation and American Boat Operator's course.
  5. These courses may take up to 8 hours to complete; some options require you to complete the course in one sitting.
  6. Course materials are free. Some providers charge a fee for exams or the card: check providers' websites for details.
  7. A temporary card may be printed after passing the online exam; the permanent card will be mailed to you.
  8. The option of studying at home using approved course material, and passing a proctored exam.


The card is permanent. There is no need to renew it.


To replace a card, write to Oklahoma Harbor Patrol with proof of course completion. Students who took the exam online may obtain a duplicate card by contacting their providers. Fee details can be found on the providers' websites.


  • While liability insurance is not mandatory for boating in Oklahoma, it is a good idea to have liability insurance to tide over troubles if you or someone operating your boat is involved in a boating accident.
  • Read the course material for the Boater Education Course.
  • See how to register your boat in Okalahoma.
  • Check the contact information of Oklahoma Harbor Patrol.

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