California Boat Course

Complete this course to get your California boating 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.

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Approved by California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways

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

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Complete Course

State-accredited online course for all ages

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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


1. Do you need a boating license to drive a boat in California?

In California, boating law requires boaters to obtain and carry a California Boater Card (CBC) while operating a recreational motorized vessel within California waterways. This card is often called the ‘California boating license’. The CBC requirement is being phased in over 8 years as follows:


2. How long does it take to complete the course?

As required by NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators), the course takes 3 hours


3. Do you have to be a resident of California to take the course?



4. Do you have to complete the course in one sitting?

No, the course can be completed at your own pace, across as many settings as you would like

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