Official New Jersey Boating Safety Course

Take this New Jersey–approved course to complete your online Boating safety education.

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Get Boating certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $39.50 course.

  2. Finish any other requirements.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need New Jersey Boating education?

You need education if you will be operating a motorized vessel in New Jersey. Some operators may be required to get a non‐tidal boat license as well.

New Jersey State Police Requirements

A photo ID is required for admittance into the In-Person Exam.

You must be at least 13 years old to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of New Jersey to take this online course.

After this Course

After passing the course, you will have 90 days to attend the state-required In-Person Exam to complete your Boating safety certification.

What To Expect From Boat Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.


Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Made by Boaters, for Boaters

Boat Ed has a TrustPilot rating of 9.1 out of 10 based on 213 ratings and reviews.

Comprehensive Instruction in New Jersey Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by New Jersey. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

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State-Approved Content

As a course provider approved by the New Jersey State Police, the Boat New Jersey covers everything a new boater may need to know in order to be safe in New Jersey while boating.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers the only online Boating education courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

We’re people, not robots.

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday & Sunday

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.

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P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the U.S.A.

New Jersey Boating License FAQs

The boater education certificate in New Jersey is often called a “boating license.” While the certificate is often called a New Jersey boating license, the certification does not expire and does not need to be renewed.

How old do you have to be to drive a boat in New Jersey?

According to New Jersey boating laws, you must be at least 13 years old and have completed boater safety education certification. This certification is sometimes called the “New Jersey boating license.”

The NJ boating license is also called a “non-tidal boat license.” It is required if you are boating on waters where the tide does not change. In order to get a non-tidal boat license, you must bring your New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate to a Motor Vehicle Commission office.

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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions New Jersey Boating students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions