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 (also called a California Boating License). The law will be phased-in for all boaters over the next 8 years.
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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.
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.
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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