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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
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.
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