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New Jersey Boater Safety Course
In New Jersey, anyone 16 years of age or older must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by The New Jersey State Police in order to operate a motorboat or a personal watercraft (PWC). In addition to successfully completing a boater safety course, operators are required to take an in-person, proctored exam in order to receive their New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate.
Boating Age Requirements
For all operators under 16 years of age:
No one under the age of 13 may operate any type of motor powered vessel on New Jersey's state waters. All persons 13 years of age or older, but under the age of 16, are required to complete an approved Boating Safety Course in order to operate a powered vessel. However, persons under the age of 16 may only operate vessels which are propelled exclusively with electric motors or vessels that are 12 feet in length or more which are fitted with a motor that is less than 10 hp.
For all operators 16 years of age or older:
All persons 16 years of age or older may operate any power vessel including personal watercraft on New Jersey waters if they have successfully completed a state approved New Jersey Boating Safety Course and have a New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate in their possession available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements
There is a minimum age requirement of 16 years old, for those who wish to operate a PWC.
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This official New Jersey boating safety course is approved by the New Jersey State Police.
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.
How much does the boat safety course cost?
There is a one-time fee of $34.95 paid to BOATERexam.com® for the Proctored Exam Voucher. It includes unlimited attempts on all quizzes.
Since the proctored exam is administered by a private course provider, there are additional fees for the final exam. Please consult with each private course provider for exam fees, locations and times.
What payment methods are accepted?
We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.
What is the "Proctored Exam Voucher"?
The Proctored Exam Voucher is generated once you have paid and completed the online course. The Proctored Exam Voucher allows you to take the proctored exam where you can obtain your New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate.
What is the New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate?
New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate (also known as the New Jersey boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate is good for life and does not need to be renewed.
I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the New Jersey boater license?
Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a Boating Safety Certificate.
How can I get my New Jersey boating license?
You can obtain your New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate in 3 easy steps:
Pay the one-time fee of $34.95
Study and pass the New Jersey Boating Safety Course
Pass the in-person proctored exam to get your New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate
How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?
The boater license is good for life.
Is anyone exempt from obtaining the New Jersey boating license?
Yes, there are certain exemptions from the boat safety education requirement. For more information, check out the New Jersey Boating Laws page.
Is there a time limit to complete the online course?
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.
How do I attend a proctored exam?
You must schedule a proctored exam with one of the BOATERexam.com® partners in order to complete the certification process. Proctored exam providers are private companies, so be sure to consult with each company to determine individual fees and exam availability. You may book a proctored exam only once you have passed the online boating safety course.
What do I need to pass the online New Jersey Boater Safety Course?
You need a grade of 80% on each end-of-chapter quiz to pass.