Boating Safety Course home-study packet

Operator Test Packet

This free home-study course allows boaters ages 12-17 to earn their watercraft operator's permit. Adults can receive a certificate of completion (mandatory to operate a boat in some states and Canada) plus discounts from many boat insurance companies.

Although you may send in your application, workbook, and test year-round, you can beat the rush and delayed processing time during the spring and summer months by sending in your materials during the period from September through March.

To get the Operator Test Packet:

  • E-mail
    info.dnr@state.mn.us
    (please be sure to include your name and address)
  • Call
    (651) 259-5400 or toll free 1-888-646-6367
  • Write
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    Boat & Water Safety Section
    500 Lafayette Road
    St. Paul, MN 55155-4046