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Boatsmart California new law changes boater card

Do I need a license to drive a boat in California?

If you operate any motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats, paddle-craft, and even undocumented vessels), you need to know about these changes. Starting on January 1st, the state is phasing in mandatory boater education based on operator age. Almost all boaters in California will be required to carry a boating license. In 2018, the mandatory education law will only apply to boaters in California aged 20 and under, but soon it will apply to everyone. Continue reading…

Prepare for the official Kansas Boating Safety Test by taking the BOATsmart Course which includes animated, narrated and brilliantly illustrated lessons, perfect for all ages.

The 3-hour Kansas Boating Safety Course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and includes all the knowledge you need in order to obtain your Kansas Boater Education Certificate.

Yes, all motorized boat operators between the ages of 12-20, are required to have a Kansas Boating License if they are unsupervised and operating a powerboat, sailboat or PWC.

Even if you aren’t required to have a boating license, you will benefit from being a BOATsmart! cardholder – once you’ve obtained your Card, it will be good for life, it will keep you legal when boating in other states and you’ll even save money on your boat insurance.

Yes, your Kansas boating license is valid in most states! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 states, which extend reciprocity. This means the BOATsmart! Course meets the National Standards established by NASBLA. This law applies to operators of motorized boats, but not in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit prior to operating a boat or PWC there.

You can take the official state approved and NASBLA approved Boating Safety Course & Test on this website. Click here to register for the BOATsmart! Kansas Course.

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