California Boat Course

Complete this accredited course to get your California Boater Card that is good for life! To operate a motorized vessel in California, you will be required to have a California boating card, which is being phased from 2018-2025 based on year of birth.

Approved by California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways

There is no minimum age to take the course and you do not need to be a resident of the state. Pass the course and be certified for life!

You are just 3 steps away from getting your California Boater Card


Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages


Print your Certificate of Completion

After successfully completing the online course, you’ll be able to immediately print out and save your Certificate of Completion

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Apply for your California Boater Card

To obtain your California Boater Card, you will need to apply at You will be asked to provide your Certificate of Completion, as proof that you took an educational course

Is it called a Boating License?

Some people may call it a Boat License or Boaters License. However, it is not a license. It is known as a Boater Education Certificate or a Boater Education Card. The reason it is not called a California boating license is that it does not expire or need to be renewed.

After you have successfully completed the NASBLA / California approved Boater Safety Course and Exam, you will be issued a California Boater Card. This card is good for life.

Remember, your Boater Card must be carried with you while operating marine vessels. Otherwise, it may result in a fine from a local law enforcement officer.

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