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California Boater Card

Do you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways? Take note: beginning January 1, 2018, boaters 20 years of age and younger are the first group that must carry a California Boater Card when on state waterways. These lifetime cards will be issued by California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways after you pass an approved boating safety exam and apply for the card. 

Are you a boater that has already passed a state approved boating safety exam since 2015? If yes, you may be pre-qualified for a California Boater Card! To learn more about getting your Boater Card and the phase-in schedule, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below!

Boater Card Frequently Asked Questions

CALIFORNIA BOATER CARD INQUIRIES:
Bria.Miller@parks.ca.gov
PHONE:(916)327-0179
Evan.Becker@parks.ca.gov
PHONE:(916)327-0184
MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov
PHONE:(916)651-7661