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New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate

If you are required to have completed a boating safety course, you must carry your New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate on board

To operate a personal watercraft (PWC) on New Jersey waters, the following requirements apply.

  • If under the age of 16, you may not operate a PWC.
  • If 16 years old or older, you must have successfully completed an approved boating safety course and must carry your New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate on board.

To operate a motorized vessel other than a PWC on New Jersey waters, the following requirements apply.

  • If under the age of 13, you may not operate any motorized vessel.
  • If 13 to less than 16 years old, you may operate only the following motorized vessels on New Jersey waters and only if you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course and carry your New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate on board:
    • Vessels powered by an electric motor
    • Vessels 12 feet long or longer with less than 10 horsepower