Nope! Your BOATsmart! Card will be good for life because it does not expire. But don’t be a stranger – BOATsmart! offers free refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating knowledge up to date! Kansas’ boating laws may change over time. Make sure you’re in the know.
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.
Not for everyone yet. From 2018 to 2025, the state is phasing in mandatory boater education based on operator age, requiring boaters to have a boating license in order to legally operate a motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats and paddlecraft). Beginning January 1, 2018, the mandatory education law for boaters in California applies to persons aged 20 and under. Here is the full list of dates by which boating licenses will be required:
- Everyone 20 years old and under – Jan 1, 2018
- Everyone 25 years old and under – Jan 1, 2019
- Everyone 35 years old and under – Jan 1, 2020
- Everyone 40 years old and under – Jan 1, 2021
- Everyone 45 years old and under – Jan 1, 2022
- Everyone 50 years old and under – Jan 1, 2023
- Everyone 60 years old and under – Jan 1, 2024
- Everyone regardless of age – Jan 1, 2025
There are additional benefits to being a BOATsmart! cardholder – once you’ve obtained the 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. Get your California Boater Card now and be prepared for the change!