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INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONGOING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
TWRA suspends in-person service at offices, all services are online or by phone.

Boating Education In Tennessee

Due to the Covid-19 virus all Boating Education Classes will be cancelled until further notice.

Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.  

No other certificate will be accepted as meeting the requirements of the law.  The Tennessee mandatory boating education law is similar to the driver’s license law.  You acquire the study materials, study, and then take an approved boating safety exam administered by an approved representative of the TWRA

The certification is not required if there is an adult (18 years old or older) on board to take immediate control of the vessel.  However this adult, if born after January 1, 1989, must have the boating education certification. 

Out of State Boaters

If you were born after January 1, 1989, TWRA will accept any NASBLA approved boating safety certificate.


TWRA Boating Safety Course Information and Locations.

The public libraries may be closed due to the virus, please check the library website or Facebook page for more information.

1.  Who needs a boating education certification?

If you are a Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 and operating a boat with more than 8.5 horsepower, then you need the certification.

If you are a non-Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989 and visiting Tennessee and operating a boat with more than 8.5 horsepower, you will need a boating education certification approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Even if you do not need the certification, by getting one, you may save on your boat insurance.

2.  How do I study?

There are many avenues to study:

Study online at https://www.boat-ed.com/tennessee/studyGuide/10104402/

Or request home study materials by emailing Alex.K.Batta@tn.gov or by calling 615-781-6566 and leaving your name and address.

3.  How do I take the exam?

First, you must be at least 12 years old to take the exam.   After studying the boating safety material, you must first purchase, for $10.00, a Type 600 boating safety exam permit from any business (license agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (WalMart sporting goods, bait stores, marinas, etc.).  You will need your social security number and driver license if applicable.

Take this permit to the class/exam as it will be validated when you pass the exam and serve as your temporary certification until the card is mailed to you.

If you do not pass the exam, this permit can continue to be used to take the exam as many times as it takes to pass. Try not to lose it!

4.  Where do I find locations of classes and exams?

Log onto https://www.tn.gov/twra/boating/boating-education.html and choose the region where you live.  Locations will be posted by county.

5.  How long does it take to complete the exam?

Allow approximately one hour to take the exam.

6.  How do I replace my lost or stolen boating safety card?

If your boating safety card is lost or stolen, you may purchase a Type 605 Permit from a license agent for $5.00. The duplicate card will be mailed approximately two weeks from purchase date.

7.  How long will it take to receive my wallet card?

When you pass the exam, you will receive your wallet card in the mail within a few weeks.

Region 1

*Unless otherwise noted, these are locations to take the exam only. Bring Social Security Number, black pen, and type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit to testing locations. Students can go to any county to take the class or exam.

Benton County

Benton County Library, Camden 
Anytime during hours of operation

Carroll County

Carroll County Library/Huntingdon 
By appointment only 731-986-1919

Chester County

Chester County Library in Henderson 
By appointment only - (731) 989-4673

Crockett County

Crockett Memorial Library in Alamo 
By appointment only - (731) 696-4220

Decatur County

Perryville Marina by appointment only
Contact Becky at (731) 847-2444

Decaturville Library 
By appointment only - (731) 852-3325

Decatur and Perry County

Mousetail Landing State Park will give the test by appointment only. 
Call Mousetail Landing State Park at (731) 847-0841. 
Study manuals may be picked up there, Perryville Marina and the Decatur County Court Clerks office.

Dyer County

Newbern City Library 
By appointment only - (731) 627-3153

McIver's Grant Library, Dyersburg 
By appointment only - (731) 285-5032

Fayette County

Somerville/Fayette Co. Library 
By appointment only - (901) 465-5248

Gibson County

Humboldt Public Library 
By appointment only - (731) 784-2383

Gibson County

Gibson County Library in Trenton 
By appointment only - (731) 855-1991

Gibson County

Mildred G. Fields Library/Milan
By appointment only - (731) 686-8268

Hardeman County

Bolivar Hardeman County Library 
By appointment only - (731) 658-3436

Hardin County

Hardin County Library in Savannah 
By appointment only - (731) 925-4314

Haywood County

Elma Ross Public Library 
By appointment only - (731) 772-9534

Henderson County

Everett Horn Library/Lexington 
By appointment only, call (731) 968-3239

Henry County

W. G. Rhea Public Library in Paris 
By appointment only - (731) 642-1702

Houston County

Houston County Public Library in Erin 
By appointment only - (931) 289-3858 

Humphreys County 

Humphreys County Public Library  
By appointment only - (931) 296-2143

Lake County

Tiptonville Public Library 
By appointment only - (731) 253-7391

Lauderdale County

Lauderdale County Library/Ripley
by appointment only - 731-635-1872

Madison County

TWRA Region 1 Office, 200 Lowell Thomas Dr. in Jackson 
By Appointment only, please call (731) 423-5725 
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

McNairy County

Jack McConnico Memorial Public Library
Selmer, TN
By appointment only - (731) 645-5571

Irving Meer Jr. Public Library
Adamsville, TN 
By appointment only - (731) 632-3572

Obion County

Union City Library 
By appointment only - (731) 885-7000

Perry  County

 

Shelby County

Exams will be administered at the Bartlett Hunter Education Range Facility (3200 Brother Blvd.) during regular business hours.
Hours: Sunday (1:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Tuesday (12:00 PM - 9:00 PM), Thursday (11:00 AM - 9:00 PM), and Saturday (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM).
Closed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Bring Social Security Number.
The Boating Safety Exam Permit (Type 600) is sold at the facility for $10. Cash Only. (901) 213-3124.

Stewart County

Stewart County Public Library in Dover
By appointment only - (931) 232-3127

Tipton County

Tipton County Library in Covington 
By appointment only - (901) 476-8289

Brighton Memorial Library 
By appointment only, call (901) 837-2665

Weakley County

Ned R. McWherter Library in Dresden 
By appointment only - (731) 364-2678

Sharon Public Library 
Call for an appointment-731-456-2707 

Dr. Nathan Porter Memorial Library, Greenfield
Call for an appointment - (731) 235-9932

Region 2

*Unless otherwise noted, these are locations to take the exam only. Bring Social Security Number, black pen, and type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit to testing locations. Students can go to any county to take the class or exam.

Bedford County

Argie Cooper Public Library in Shelbyville 
By appointment only - (931) 684-7323

Cannon County

Dr. and Mrs. J. F. Adams Memorial Library 212 College Street/Woodbury 
By appointment only - (615) 563-5861

Boating Safety Class

March 21, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cancelled
Woodbury Lions Club
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you
To register use passcode WLC

Cheatham County

South Cheatham Public Library
358 N. Main, Kingston Springs
Call for an appointment (615) 952-4752

Coffee County

Manchester Public Library 
By appointment only (931) 723-5143

Davidson County

Bellevue Library
720 Baugh Rd.
Call for an appointment – 615-862-5854
Bring type 600 exam permit

Hermitage Public Library
3700 James Kay LN
Call for an appointment-615-880-3951 or email Emily.talbot@nashville.gov
Bring type 600 exam permit

Dickson County

Test Only
By appointment only
Call David Nickens – 615-504-6998

Franklin County

Franklin County Library in Winchester 
By appointment only - (931) 967-3706

Giles County

Giles County Library 
By appointment only (931) 363-2720

Hickman County

By Appointment Only 
Dave Anderson (931) 729-5615

Lawrence County

Test only
Call Mr. Waldrop at (931) 629-3753 to make an appointment

Lewis County

By appointment only 
Contact Clint Newton – (615) 856-9741

Lincoln County

Fayetteville/Lincoln Co. Public Library 306 Elk Ave. N 
By appointment only - (931) 433-3286​

Marshall County

Marshall Co. Library/Lewisburg 
Call for an appointment - (931) 359-3335

Macon

Maury County

Spring Hill Public Library 
Internet Testing 
By appointment only - (931) 486-2932

Maury Co. Library
8th St.-Columbia
By appointment only – 931-375-6508

Montgomery County

Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library (350 Pageant Lane)
Exams are given anytime during library business hours.

Moore County

Moore County Library in Lynchburg 
By appointment only (931) 759-7285

Robertson County

Gorham MacBane Library, Springfield 
Anytime Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Subject to computer availability

White House Library
105B College St.
By appointment – (615) 672-0239

Rutherford County

Technology Engagement Center
By appointment only - (615) 225-8312

Smyrna Public Library
400 Enon Springs Rd. W 
By appointment only - (615) 459-4884

Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro 
By appointment only - (615) 893-4131 ext. 117

Smith County

Gordonsville Branch Library
By appointment only - (615) 683-8063

Smith County Public Library
By appointment only - (615) 735-1326 

Sumner County

White House Library
105B College St.
By appointment – (615) 672-0239

Gallatin Public Library
By appointment only – (615) 452-1722

Hendersonville Public Library
By appointment only – (615)-824-0656

Trousdale County

Fred A. Vaught Public Library in Hartsville 
By appointment only - (615) 374-3677

Williamson County

Bethesda Public Library 
By appointment only - (615) 790-1887

Brentwood Public Library 
By appointment only - (615) 371-0090

Fairview Public Library 
By appointment only - (615) 224-6087

Library in Franklin, TN 
By appointment only - (615) 595-1243
Study books available at the library

Leipers Fork Public Library 
By appointment only (615) 794-7019

Nolensville Public Library 
By appointment only - (615) 776-5490

Boating Safety Class

April 25, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Cancelled
Holy Family Catholic Church
9100 Crockett Rd.
Brentwood TN
Please bring your Type 600 Permit with you and a pencil/pen

Wilson County

Mt. Juliet Public Library
Please call for an appointment at (615) 758-7051

Boating Safety Class

April 18, 2020  Cancelled
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cedar Creek Yacht Club
3581 Benders Ferry Rd, Mt. Juliet
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you
To register use passcode CCC

Region 3

*Unless otherwise noted, these are locations to take the exam only. Bring Social Security Number, black pen, and type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit to testing locations. Students can go to any county to take the class or exam.

Bledsoe County

Bledsoe County Public Library/Pikeville 
Call for an appointment - (423) 447-2817

Bradley County

Cleveland Public Library
Call for an appointment - (423) 472-2163

Boating Safety Class

April 8 – 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Cancelled
Ed’s Cycle – 909 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN
Please bring your Type 600 permit to class
Class limited to 15 students
To register use passcode EDC

Clay County

Dale Hollow Outdoors 
Call for an appointment - Tuesday-Saturday - (931) 243-6918

Celina Public Library 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM 
Wednesday 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 - 11:30 AM

Cumberland County

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Office in Crossville 
By appointment only - (931) 484-9571

Art Circle Public Library
Crossville --Call for an appointment – 931-484-6790

Boating Safety Class

May 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST Cancelled
Crossville Shooting Park
Please bring your Type 600 permit to class
To register use passcode CSP

Dekalb County

Justin Potter Library - Smithville 
By appointment only - (615) 597-4359

Fentress County

Fentress County Public Library in Jamestown 
By appointment only - (931) 879-7512

Grundy County

May Justus Library in Monteagle 
By appointment only - (931) 924-2638

Hamilton County

Test Only
By appointment only
Call David Maul - 423-779-1767

UT-Chattanooga
By appointment – utctestingcenter@utc.edu or 423-425-5305
Facility fee $25
Bring $10 Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit​ to test

Chattanooga State Community College
By appointment leanders.burns@chattanoogastate.edu or cheryl.byrd@chattanoogastate.edu
Facility fee $25
Bring $10 Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit to test

Boating Safety Class

April 25 - 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cancelled
Academy Sports Hamilton Place
Please bring your Type 600 permit to class
Class limited to 15 students
To register use passcode ASH

Jackson County

Marion County

Jasper Public Library 
By appointment only
(423) 942-3369

Orena Humphreys Public Library
Whitwell
Call for an appointment – (423) 658-6134

Beene Pearson Public Library
South Pittsburg
Call for an appointment – (423) 837-6513

McMinn County

Etowah Carnegie Library 
By appointment only (423) 263-9475

E. G. Fisher Public Library in Athens 
By appointment only - (423) 745-7782

Boating Safety Class

April 27 - 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Cancelled
Co-op - 920 Congress Parkway N, Athens, TN
Please bring your Type 600 permit to class
Class limited to 25 students
To register use passcode COOP

Meigs County

Meigs County Library in Decatur 
By appointment only - (423) 334-3332

Boating Safety Class

April 4 - 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Cancelled
Meigs County High School library
Please bring your Type 600 permit to class
Class limited to 30 students
To register use passcode MCHS

Monroe County

Madisonville Public Library
call for an appointment (423) 442-4085

Morgan County

Sunbright Public Library 
By appointment only (423) 628-2439

Wartburg Public Library 
By appointment only (423) 346-2479

Overton County

Millard Oakley Library/Livingston
By appointment only - (931) 403-1888

Pickett County

Pickett County Library in Byrdstown 
By appointment only - (931) 864-6281

Polk County

Copper Basin High School
Call for an appointment – (423) 496-3291, ask for library

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park 
By appointment only - call Travis England (423) 263-0050

Putnam County

Putnam County Library 
By appointment only (931) 526-2416

Monterey Branch Library 
By appointment only (931) 839-2103

Rhea County

Clyde W. Roddy Library in Dayton 
By appointment only - (423) 775-8406

Audrey Pack Library in Spring City 
By appointment only - (423) 365-9757

Roane County

Kingston Public Library 
By appointment only - (865) 376-9905

Van Buren County

Call Clint for dates, locations, times - (931) 946-3335

Warren County

Magness Memorial Library in McMinnville 
By appointment only – (931) 473-2428

White County

White County Public Library/Sparta 
Call for appointment - (931) 836-3613

Region 4

*Unless otherwise noted, these are locations to take the exam only. Bring Social Security Number, black pen, and type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit​ to testing locations. Students can go to any county to take the class or exam.

Anderson County

Lake City Library
By appointment only - (865) 426-6762

Blount County

Blount County Public Library in Maryville
Call for appointment  (865) 982-0981 ext 3
Bring type 600 exam permit 

Campbell County

LaFollette Public Library 
By appointment only - (423) 562-5154

Boating Safety Class

March 23, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bo’s Marine
132 Myers St, Jacksboro
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen

Boating Safety Class

April 13, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cancelled
Norris Lake Boat Center
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
You must call to reserve a spot:  865-256-9839

Boating Safety Class

May 4, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cancelled
Norris Lake Boat Center
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
You must call to reserve a spot:  865-256-9839

Boating Safety Class

June 29, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Cancelled
Norris Lake Boat Center
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
You must call to reserve a spot:  865-256-9839

Boating Safety Class

July 13, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bo’s Marine
132 Myers St, Jacksboro
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen

Boating Safety Class

August 3, 10 a.m. – 2:30 Cancelled
Norris Lake Boat Center
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
You must call to reserve a spot:  865-256-9839

Carter County

Elizabethton Carter County Public Library
Call for an appointment (423) 547-6360

Claiborne County

Claiborne County Library in Tazewell 
Call for an appointment (423) 626-5414

Boating Safety Class

June 20, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cancelled
Flat Hollow Marina
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen

Cocke County

Stokely Memorial Library - Newport 
By appointment only - (423) 623-3832

Greene County 

Mosheim Public Library
By appointment only (423) 422-7937

Grainger County

Testing by appointment
Call 865-300-1755

Hamblen County

Morristown Library 
Call (423) 586-6410 for an appointment.
Must have or obtain a Hamblen County library card
to take the exam at this location.

Hawkins County

Mt. Carmel Public Library
By appointment only (423) 357-4011

Church Hill Library
By appointment only - (423) 357-4591

H. B. Stamps Memorial Library in Rogersville 
By appointment only - (423) 272-8710

Jefferson County

Jefferson City Public Library
By appointment only - (865) 475-9094

White Pine Public Library
By appointment only - (865) 674-6313

Dandridge Memorial Library - 1235 Circle Drive 
By appointment only - (865) 397-9758

Parrott-Wood Memorial Library
By appointment only - (865) 933-1311

Johnson County

Mountain City Library 
By appointment only - (423) 727-6544

Knox County

Boating Safety Class

March 28, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cancelled
Farragut Community Center,  239 Jamestown Blvd.
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode FCC3

Boating Safety Class

May 18, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cancelled
Farragut Community Center,  239 Jamestown Blvd.
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode FCC5

Boating Safety Class

June 13, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cancelled
Farragut Community Center,  239 Jamestown Blvd.
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode FCC6

Boating Safety Class

July 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Farragut Community Center,  239 Jamestown Blvd.
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode FCC7

Boating Safety Class

August 3, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cancelled
Farragut Community Center,  239 Jamestown Blvd.
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode FCC8

Loudon County

Scott County

Oneida Public Library 
By appointment only (423) 569-8634

Sevier County

Anna Porter Public Library in Gatlinburg
Please call for an appointment – (865) 436-5588

Pigeon Forge Public Library 
By appointment only (865) 429-7490

Boating Safety Class

April 25, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bass Pro Shop
1 hour for lunch – brown bag or restaurant in store
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode BP4

Boating Safety Class

May 16, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bass Pro Shop
1 hour for lunch – brown bag or restaurant in store
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode BP5

Boating Safety Class

June 27, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bass Pro Shop
1 hour for lunch – brown bag or restaurant in store
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode BP6

Boating Safety Class

July 11, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bass Pro Shop
1 hour for lunch – brown bag or restaurant in store
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode BP7

Boating Safety Class

August 15, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cancelled
Bass Pro Shop
1 hour for lunch – brown bag or restaurant in store
Please bring your Type 600 Exam Permit with you and a pencil/pen
Limited to 50 students
To register use passcode BP8

Sullivan County

Sullivan County Library in Blountville  
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
(423) 279-2714

Thomas Memorial Library in Bluff City 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bloomingdale Library in Kingsport 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bristol Public Library
Monday – Thursday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Friday, 12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.

Sullivan Gardens Library in Kingsport 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Colonial Heights Library in Kingsport 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Kingsport Public Library
Please call for an appointment -  423-229-9488

Unicoi County

Unicoi County Public Library in Erwin
Call for an appointment - (423) 743-6533

Union County

Union County High School
Testing offered only during the regular school year
By appointment only, Contact John Fugate at (865) 992-0180.

Washington County

Johnson City Public Library 
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Closed Sunday
(423) 434-4454

Jonesborough Library 
By appointment only - (423) 753-1800

Gray Library 
By appointment only - (423) 477-1550