New Mexico Boat Course

All boaters born after January 1, 1989 are required to have a New Mexico boater education card to operate any motorized watercraft

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

All boaters born on or after January 1, 1989 need a New Mexico Boater Education Card to be an operator of a recreational motorized vessel within New Mexico waterways


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 New Mexico 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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