New Hampshire’s Boater Safety Education Program

New Hampshire joins more than 40 states with educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters.

Once you complete this New Hampshire–approved online boaters safety course, you are prepared to satisfy the educational requirement for New Hampshire.

It’s the Law!

Persons at least 16 years old who operate a motorboat over 25 hp or a ski craft in New Hampshire must have a boating education certificate.

Who Needs the Card?

Persons at least 16 years old who operate a motorboat over 25 hp or a ski craft in New Hampshire must have a boating education certificate.

Exemptions

New Hampshire accepts the following certificates or licenses in lieu of the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate.

  • A boating certificate issued by another state agency and NASBLA approved.
  • A boating certificate issued by the U.S. Power Squadron.
  • A boating certificate issued by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
  • An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • An unexpired commercial boating license issued by the state of New Hampshire.

Age Restrictions

You must be at least 15 years old to take the online Boat New Hampshire Course and the In-Person Exam for the safe boater education certificate, but the certificate will not be issued until the age of 16.

Reciprocity

All states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Enforcement

New Hampshire law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.

Carry the Card Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.

Penalty Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.

For More Information

For details about the boater education law, who is exempt from the education requirement, which courses are approved, the In-Person Exam, and the application for the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate, visit http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/fob/marine-patrol/index.html.

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Is the Boating Certificate the same as a Boating License?

The New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course. Since the safe boater education certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the New Hampshire Boating License.

How do I get my state boating license?

You may have heard that you need the New Hampshire Boat License to operate your boat, but what you really need is the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate. You can get the New Hampshire Safe Boater Education Certificate by taking this Boat License Safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

Got the Card? Get the Handbook

The Boater's Guide of New Hampshire - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities, developed for New Hampshire Marine Patrol and available online only at boat-ed.com

For New and Experienced New Hampshire Boaters

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New Hampshire Marine Patrol
31 Dock Road
Gilford, NH 03249
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