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As of January 1, 2018, boaters 20 years of age and younger must carry a California Boater Card. By 2025 all boaters will be required tocarry a California Boater Card.

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Beginning January 1, 2018, boaters 20 years of age and younger must carry a California Boater Card. By 2025 all boaters will be required to carry a California Boater Card. Once issued, the card remains valid for a boat operator’s lifetime.

A California Boat Operator Card proves that you’ve obtained the knowledge needed to safely operate a motorized boat on California’s waterways. Become a certified California boater by taking the Official BOATsmart! California Boating Safety Course & Test now.

Approved By: California Division of Boating and Waterways, P.O. Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296, 844-421-8333,

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We've been making smart boaters for more than 13 years. BOATsmart! is North America’s largest Boating Safety Course Provider. We’re proud to be America’s Official Boating Educator. Your BOATsmart! Card is accepted in more than 40 U.S. states & in Canada. We’ve got you covered!

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More than 40 U.S. States have mandatory education and boater education card requirements for operating motorized boats and PWCs. Each BOATsmart! State Approved Boating Safety Course and Boating Certification Test has been developed and approved in partnership with state agencies responsible for boating education in that state.

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