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New York State Boating Safety Certificate

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?


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


What payment methods are accepted?


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


What is the "Certificate of Completion"?


The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.


What is the New York State Boating Safety Certificate?


New York State Boating Safety Certificate (also known as the New York boating license or boaters license) is proof of competency of the basic rules of the water that all boaters should know. The State Boating Safety Certificate must be carried with you whenever you are operating a powered watercraft to avoid high fines.


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


Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a State Boating Safety Certificate.


How can I get my New York boating license?


You can obtain your New York State Boating Safety Certificate in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $34.95 – free unlimited retries of the final exam
  2. Study the New York Boating Safety Course, and pass the final exam
  3. 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?


The boater license is good for life.


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?


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 many questions are on the exam?


The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.


What is the passing grade?


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