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What is the Boater Education Card?

The Boater Card is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved boater safety course. This card allows boating in California.

You Must Carry the Card

Vessel operators who are required to have the California Boater Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer. Not carrying your California Boater Card when it is required can result in a fine.


For visiting boaters, 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.”)

I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the Boater Card?

Yes. You are not required to have a state driver’s license in order to obtain a Boater Education Card.

Other Questions

For these and other questions about your boating card, please check our FAQs.

How do I get a card?

How do I get a replacement card?

Get Certified Online!

Take this California–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. is a delegated provider for the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.

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