California Boating Regulations and Laws

The California Boater Education Card (also referred to as the California boating license) is proof that a boater has taken and passed an approved boater education course. The California Department of Boating & Waterways currently offers a Boater Education Card to prove that you are a safe boater. This can have benefits such as savings on marine insurance.

Many boating fatalities occur because boaters aren't educated about boating safety. California Department of Boating & Waterways believes that an educated boater is a safer boater.

Where can I take my safe boating exam and get my Boater Education Card?

You can take your safe boating exam directly on the Internet at®. Once you pass the exam your boater education card is mailed to your home. In the meantime, you can print off a Certificate of Completion that can be used until your permanent boater education card arrives.

Where can I get the boater safety education course material?

All the required safe boating training material to get your boater education card is available at®. Simply visit our California Safe Boating Course section to gain access to the training material. The California Safe Boating Course is accredited by the California Department of Boating & Waterways.

Where can I get more information about California boating regulations and the California boater education card?

Answers to most of your questions about the California Boater Education Card can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also visit The California Department of Boating & Waterways. for additional information, or you can contact us and we will be glad to answer any of your questions.

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Did you know?

Many boaters incorrectly use the term "California Boating License" when referring to their Boater Education Card. The Boater Education Card is NOT a boating license. Unlike a driver's license, your Boater Education Certificate cannot be revoked and is good for life.

California Boating Safety

An Educated Boater is a Safer Boater. By taking a boating safety course, you help ensure our waterways are the safest they can be. Not to mention, completing a course may reduce your boat insurance 10-15%!