Whether you get a plastic card or not depends on the state which you are certifying for.
If your state is listed below, you will get a plastic card in the mail that will come from boat-ed.
Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - Canada - Colorado - District of Columbia - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Maine - Maryland - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nevada - New Hampshire - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Oklahoma - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Virginia - West Virginia - Wyoming
The states below may have a plastic card or permanent certificate however they are sent by their respective state. for more information contact their state department directly.
Alabama - California - Delaware - Florida - Louisiana - Massachusetts - Minnesota - Nebraska - New Jersey - Ohio - Oregon - Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Washington - Wisconsin