The New Jersey Boater Education Card

Who needs the Boater Education Card?

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.

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.

You Must 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.


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.”)

Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?

The New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course and allows you to operate on New Jersey waters. It is commonly confused with a boating license, so learn more about the difference here.

I do not have a driver’s license. Can I still get the New Jersey Boater Education Certificate?

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?

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

Frequently Asked Questions