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Boaters under 35 years old must get a Boater Education Card

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Washington State law requires boat operators to carry a Washington State Boater Education card when operating motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft).

To get a card, boaters must take an approved boater education course in the classroom, or a take home test, or online. Then once you complete it,  you must submit  the Boater Education Card Application , along with $10 and a legal copy of your proof of course completion.

In 2011, those  35 years and under must get a card. In 2012, those 40 years and under must get a card. In 2013, those  50 years and under have to get one, and in 2014, those  59 years and under do as well.

Benton and Franklin County Sheriff's Offices offer the classes for $25.  Private businesses also offer the course, like the Tri-Cities 911 Driving School.  Their next class is April 16th and 17th for $25.  You can call them at 509-736-0911.

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