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Official New Jersey Boating Safety Course

Take this New Jersey–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the New Jersey State Police.

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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.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $39.50 online course.

  2. Finish any other requirements.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need a Boating License in New Jersey?

New Jersey law requires all boat and PWC operators to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.

New Jersey State Police Requirements

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

You must be at least 12 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 365 days to attend the state-required In-Person Exam to complete your Boating safety certification.

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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.

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.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers online 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.

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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.

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New Jersey Approved

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New Jersey State Police
P.O. Box 7068 West Trenton, NJ 08628

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

Is it the Boating safety license?

Boating safety education certification is not the same thing as a Boating license. What you really need is the Boat Safety Certificate. You can get the Boat Safety Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

Did you lose your card? Replace it here.

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New Jersey Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the New Jersey Boat Ed Course cost?

The New Jersey Boat Ed Course fee is $39.50.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in New Jersey?

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the New Jersey Boat Ed Course?

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the New Jersey Boat Ed Course approved by the New Jersey State Police?

The New Jersey Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the New Jersey State Police.

Is my New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate accepted elsewhere?

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.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you can take it again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

After reviewing all units, you must take and pass the New Jersey State Police Boating Safety Test covering all the course material. You have 365 days to complete the In-Person Exam. You must score at least 80% on the New Jersey State Police Boating Safety Test to pass. You have two attempts to pass. If you do not pass on your first try, you may retake the test after 24 hours. If you do not pass on your second try, you must retake the online course.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online New Jersey Boat Ed Course course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Online Course Completion Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Online Course Completion Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 365 days after course completion.

What is the permanent New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate?

The Boat Safety Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boat Safety Certificate will be mailed to you after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Boat Safety Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

If your Boat Safety Certificate is lost or damaged, the New Jersey State Police can help replace it. Visit the New Jersey State Police website for more information on replacing your certificate.

If you have completed your In-Person Exam and have not received your permanent card, contact the Boat Ed customer care team. Call us at 1-800-830-2268, or email us at [email protected].

We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)