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New California boating law in effect Jan 1, 2018

If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways you will be required to have a California Boater Card. The law will be phased-in for all boaters over the next 8 years. BOATERexam.com® is a delegated provider for the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.

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Who needs the California Boater Card?

California's boating education law went 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

Does California Require a California Boating Education Card?

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



Is a California Boater Card the same as a Boating License?

The California Boater Card is proof that you have successfully completed an approved boating safety course and allows you to go boating on state waterways. It is often mistakenly called the California boating license, however, because a California Boater Card does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not license.

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California Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.

Q.

How much does the boat safety course cost?

A.

There is a one-time fee of $34.95 paid to BOATERexam.com®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam.

Q.

What payment methods are accepted?

A.

We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.

Q.

What is the "Certificate of Completion"?

A.

The Certificate of Completion is proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed. You upload the Certificate of Completion to the state website to obtain your California Boater Card.

Q.

What is the California Boater Card?

A.

The Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boater Education Certificate will arrive within 1-2 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.

Q.

I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the California boater license?

A.

Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a Boater Card.

Q.

How can I get my California boating license?

A.

The steps required to get your California Boater Card are as follows:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the California Boating Safety Course and pass the final exam
  3. Download your Certificate of Completion
  4. Upload your Certificate of Completion on the state website to obtain your California Boater Card

NOTE: For a complete overview of the California online boating exam process, please visit the California Boater Card website.

Q.

How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?

A.

The boater license is good for life.

Q.

Is anyone exempt from obtaining the California boating license?

A.

For a list of exemptions for the California Boater Card, please visit the California Boater Card website.

Q.

Is there a time limit to complete the online course?

A.

You can take the online course at any time, day or night. However, courses must be completed within 90 days of payment at which time your access to the course will expire.

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How many questions are on the exam?

A.

The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

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What is the passing grade?

A.

The passing grade is 80%, or 48 correct answers out of 60 questions.

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