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Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for a Boater’s License in Illinois

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So it’s near­ing the end of the sum­mer, but you’re itch­ing to get on the water a few more times before it starts to get cold in Lake Coun­ty? Before doing so, you have to take an Offi­cial Boater Safe­ty Edu­ca­tion Course. You don’t want to have that moment where you hear License and reg­is­tra­tion,’ and get caught in a dil­ly of a pick­le. We have to police our­selves first before we get out there in the water, and the first step to doing that is boat­ing safe­ty cours­es, licens­ing and registration.

Here are some of the quick hits of licensing

NO per­son can oper­ate a motor­boat under the age of 10

• Ages 10 – 12 must have parental guidance

• Com­plet­ing a min­i­mum eight hours of instruc­tion and suc­cess­ful­ly respond­ing in the final exam will receive a State of Illi­nois Cer­tifi­cate of Competency.

Illi­nois Cer­tifi­cate of Competency

Like in an ear­li­er post – start­ing on Jan­u­ary 1 2016, no per­son born after Jan­u­ary 1, 1998 can oper­ate a motor­boat with over 10 horse pow­er unless the per­son has a boat­ing safe­ty cer­tifi­cate rec­og­nized and approved by the state.

What do I Need to get a License?

There are three steps in order to get cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for a boater’s license in Illinois

1. Study the Online Course

2. Pass the Online Exam – Which cost $29.95 (Pay when you pass the exam)

3. After a post­ing a pass­ing grade – print your cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and get out on that boat

It’s that easy. The course can be tak­en online at boaterex​am​.com. Also Reg­is­tra­tion expires every 3 years. So get that tak­en care of as well. You’ll be out on Lake Michi­gan, Chain O’ Lakes or oth­er Lakes in the coun­ty in no time!

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