California Boaters Safety Card

As of January 1, 2018, California began a phase-in-by-age law that requires all boat and PWC operators to pass a boater safety course and to carry the California boater card.

The law is being phased in over several years. Operators 35 years of age or younger are required to carry the California Boater Card by January 1, 2020.  Each year a new age group is added to those required to carry a Boater Card.

January 1, 2018 - Persons 20 years of age or younger
January 1, 2019 - Persons 25 years of age or younger
January 1, 2020 - Persons 35 years of age or younger
January 1, 2021 - Persons 40 years of age or younger
January 1, 2022 - Persons 45 years of age or younger
January 1, 2023 - Persons 50 years of age or younger
January 1, 2024 - Persons 60 years of age or younger
January 1, 2025 - All persons regardless of age

To learn more, visit CaliforniaBoaterCard.com or see the FAQ (frequently asked questions).

 

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