Am I required to carry a Boater Education Card to operate all types of boats?

A card is only required when operating boats with motors of 15 horsepower or greater, which include all personal watercraft (e.g. Jet Skis). State law does not require operators of manually powered boats such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, drift boats and sail-only boats to carry a card. 

Whether you cruise, sail, kayak, fish, or do yoga on a stand up paddle board, you need to know the laws and basics of boating safety. Even if you are not required to carry the card, we strongly recommend you to take a boating safety education course. 

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1. Am I required to carry a Boater Education Card to operate all types of boats?
2. Who is exempt from having a Boater Education Card?
3. What do I need to qualify for a Boater Education Card?
4. How much does a Boater Education Card cost?
5. How can I get my Boater Education Card?
6. When will I receive my Boater Education Card?
7. Do I have to wait six weeks before I can operate a motorboat?
8. Is the Boater Education Card a license?
9. Is there a fine for not having a Boater Education Card in my possession when operating a motorboat?
10. Is my Boater Education Card good in other states and Canada that have mandatory boating education requirements?
11. Is an Oregon Boater Education Card valid in Washington?
12. Is there any reason to get a Boater Education Card if I am not required?
13. What do I do if my Boater Education Card is lost or damaged?
14. What is the history of the Boating Safety Education Bill?