Who needs the California Boater Card?

California Boater Card

California's boating education law goes into effect January 1, 2018 for all persons 20 years of age and younger. The law will be phased-in for all boaters over the next 8 years. If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways you will be required to have a California Boater Card. The California Boater Card is good for life.

2018 20 years of age or younger
2019 25 years of age or younger
2020 35 years of age or younger
2021 40 years of age or younger
2022 45 years of age or younger
2023 50 years of age or younger
2024 60 years of age or younger
2025 All persons regardless of age

Is the California Boater Card a Boating License?

The lifetime California Boater Card is often called a "boating license". While the Card is often called a "California boating license", it never expires and does not need to be renewed like a normal license.

Does California Require a Boating License?

Yes. By 2025 all California boaters will be required to have a California boating license (California boater card). Boat operators cited without a boating license may receive a fine of up to $100 for the first conviction, $250 for the second and $500 for the third.

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