California Boater Card
Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get my replacement card?

Replacement California Boater Cards are available from the California Division of State Parks Division of boating and Waterways at Upon submitting the proper application and fee, cards take about 4-6 weeks to be processed. Once the application is approved. Cards will then arrive in the mail within 60 days.

What is the fine for not having the card?

Boaters caught without a Boater Card may receive a fine of up to $100 for the first conviction, $250 for the second conviction and $500 for the third.

What do I do if I’ve lost my temporary education certificate (proof of course completion)?

Once you place an order for a replacement Boater Card, the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways will process your application, and email you a temporary card while you wait for your permanent card to arrive by mail. 

What if I obtained my certificate through another course provider?

If you obtained your Boater Card through another course provider, you can contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways for a replacement. 


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California State Parks, Division of Boat and Waterways

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Sacramento, CA, 95814

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