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All boaters born on or after May 1st, 1996 are required to successfully complete an approved boater education course in order to operate a motorboat. BOATERexam.com® is a delegated provider for the New York State Parks.
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New York Boater Safety Course
Education is mandatory for all personal watercraft (PWC) operators. All personal watercraft operators must successfully complete an approved boating safety course before they can operate a PWC on any waters of New York. All PWC operators must be a minimum of 14 years old - no one under the age of 14 may operate a PWC.
Who Needs The Card?
New York will have a new Boating Safety law coming into effect January 1, 2020.
|If you were born on or after:||You will need a boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel in:|
January 1, 1993
January 1, 1988
January 1, 1983
January 1, 1978
|All operators of motorized vessels, regardless of age, will need a boating safety certificate by January 1, 2025.|
Students must be at least 10 years old to take the New York boating safety course. Persons under the age of 10 are not allowed to operate a boat alone.
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New York Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.
How much does the boat safety course cost?
What payment methods are accepted?
What is the "Certificate of Completion"?
What is the New York State Boating Safety Certificate?
I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the New York boater license?
How can I get my New York boating license?
You can obtain your New York State Boating Safety Certificate in 3 easy steps:
- Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
- Study the New York Boating Safety Course, and pass the final exam
- Print your Certificate of Completion immediately, and receive your permanent New York State Boating Safety Certificate in the mail within 3-4 weeks
How long is the boat safety course and boater license good for?
Is anyone exempt from obtaining the New York boating license?
Yes. The following individuals are exempt from the PWC Educational requirements:
- Both U.S. and Canadian licensed commercial vessel operators,
- State certified instructors,
- Certified instructors of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Power Squadrons,
- Police/peace officers, fire/rescue personnel and lifeguards acting pursuant to their assigned duties.
Is there a time limit to complete the online course?
How many questions are on the exam?
What is the passing grade?
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