Boaters who successfully pass the BoatUS online course can print their own Certificate of Completion, and the state will send the official Boater Education Card to their homes. NMMA advocates mandatory boater education in all 50 states.
Meanwhile, in what may be the first action of its kind, the Suffolk County, New York, Board of Legislators passed a law requiring all county residents who operate boats to pass the state-approved Boater Safety Education Course. New York State requires classroom-based instruction without an option to take the course online, however the ordinance does not rule out educational courses that are offered online as long as they meet standards set by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. New York now requires all PWC operators and all boat operators under 18 years old to complete boater safety education. The Suffolk County mandate goes into effect in October 2014.