Get your California Boating Card in 3 Easy Steps:
(also called a California Boating License)


Take the Online Course

Approved by California State Parks Boating & Waterways.


Pass the Online Exam

Fully illustrated boating questions help you learn


Get your California Boating Card

Print your temporary boating license and go boating right away!

California boating license test

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Take 50% off the regular price of your California boating course with our family discounts. It's the most affordable way to get the whole family (or friends for that matter) out on the water.

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NEW animations, narration, illustrations, course content, oh my! Re-engineered with you in mind!

So fresh it's still got that new course smell (OK we're working on that one). We stripped the course right down to the hull to bring you the best course possible.

New animated videos, his and hers narrators (seriously!), incredibly detailed illustrations and re-written course content. Be the first to experience it for yourself and get certified today!

Over 1 million certified and counting: has a TrustPilot rating of 9.2 out of 10 based on 11761 ratings and reviews.® Animations

Our interactive animations bring the course to life.® takes you out of the textbook and into the captain's seat. Our California boating license course features tons of dynamic content, including hundreds of interactive and narrated boating animations.

That means you aren't just reading, you're listening, watching and engaging — which means you'll learn more and have more fun.

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No risk, study at your own pace!

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We've helped millions people get certified online. So we know what it takes. Our expert customer service agents are available day and night if you have questions about the course or about California boating regulations.

Think of us as a coach who you can call or email if you ever need help along the way.

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Illustrated questions help you learn.

We found out a long time ago that people learn best when they can see what they're learning. Shouldn't you be tested the same way? We think so. We've illustrated every one of our quiz and exam questions in the California boating safety course.

And 95% of our students pass with flying colors. You will too!

  • US Coast Guard
  • Nasbla
  • National Safe Water Congress
  • Better Business Bureau
  • National Safe Boating Council
  • Official Boating Educator

California Approved

This official California boating safety course is approved by the State of California's Division of Boating and Waterways

California State Parks
Division of Boating and Waterways

1 Capitol Mall, Suite 500
Sacramento, California 95814® is trusted by agencies across the United States to deliver the best of quality in boating education. Our courses consistently receive the highest level of approval from agencies and from boaters. We know our stuff.

Boating safety course approved by the State of California

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.

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.

Each year after January 2018, a new age group will be added to those who are required to possess a valid card. By 2025, all persons who operate a motorized vessel on California waters will be required to have one

  • January 1, 2018: Persons 20 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2019: Persons 25 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2020: Persons 35 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2021: Persons 40 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2022: Persons 45 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2023: Persons 50 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 2024: Persons 60 years of age or younger
  • January 1, 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.

Paddle Course

FREE Paddle Sports Safety Course

Learning how to paddle? Check out our free paddle sports safety course. An optional online course that’s sanctioned by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, it’s an easy way to get ready for a safe first outing. Check it out!