Boating License or Boat Safety Certificate... Is there a difference?
The boating safety certificate is proof that you have successfully completed an approved New Jersey boating safety course. The boating safety certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed. The boat license is separate from the Boating Safety Certificate and is issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). The boat endorsement on your New Jersey driver’s license allows you to operate a power vessel on non-tidal (fresh) water in New Jersey. You must first obtain your New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate before the MVC will put the boat endorsement on you New Jersey driver’s license.