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Who needs to take an approved boating safety course in New Jersey?

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To operate a motorboat or PWC in New Jersey you must carry a boating safety education certificate proving you have passed an approved boating safety education course.

After successful completion of the internet portion of the course, you will have to complete an in-person, proctored exam.

You must be at least 12 years old to take the course. 

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Chapter 1

Boating safety course introduction

  • Mandatory boater education
  • Boating terminology
  • Registration & Titling
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Chapter 2

Boating Equipment

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  • Navigation light equipment
  • Other recommended equipment
Chapter 3

Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Pre-departure checklist
  • Launching & Retrieving a boat from the water
  • Boat preventive maintenance
Chapter 4

Safe Boat Operation

  • Operator responsibilities
  • Influence of drugs and alcohol
  • U.S. Aids to navigation system
Chapter 5

Getting Underway

  • Navigation rules
  • Responsibilities between vessels
  • Docking & Undocking
Chapter 6

Emergency Preparedness

  • Boating accidents
  • Surviving in cold water
  • Rendering assistance - Accident report
Chapter 7

Other Water Activities

  • Small boats - Special dangers
  • Water skiing & towed devices
  • Water-Jet Propelled Watercraft (PWC)

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FAQ - Boating in New Jersey

Do I need a boating license to operate a watercraft in New Jersey?

To operate a motorboat or PWC in New Jersey you must carry a boating safety education certificate proving you have passed an approved boating safety education course.

I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the New Jersey boating license?

You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a boater education card.

Who is exempt from having to acquire a boating safety education certificate?

Out-of-state residents who:

  • Are at least 16 years old

  • Hold and are carrying a boating safety education certificate for a NASBLA-approved course in his or her state of residence

  • Are visiting for less than 90 days

Is New Jersey boating license accepted in other states?

Yes. All states that require boater education certification will recognize the New Jersey Boat Operator's Certificate, due to a NASBLA-approved course reciprocity for non-residents.

What are the age restrictions to drive a motorboat in New Jersey?

Anyone wishing to operate a motorized vessel in New Jersey must be at least 12 years old.

People aged between 12 and 15 years old may operate a motorboat with less than 10 horsepower on their own, provided that they hold and are carrying a boating safety education certificate proving they have passed an approved boating safety education course.

People aged between 12 and 15 years old may operate a motorboat with 10 or more horsepower if accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age and who hold a boating safety education certificate (unless exempt).

At what minimum age can a person be certified in New Jersey?

To legally operate a motorboat in New Jersey (and therefore require certification), you must be at least 12 years old.

To legally operate a PWC in New Jersey, you must be at least 16 years old.

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How long is the boating license valid in New Jersey?

Forever - they do not expire.

What does the course cost?

Only $34.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

Do I need to register my boat in New Jersey?

To operate any titled vessel (i.e. vessels over 12 feet in length) or any mechanically propelled vessel (of any length) in New Jersey, you must register your boat. All motorized vessels in New Jersey are required to be registered annually.

What are the Jet-Ski (PWC) requirements in New Jersey?

Personal watercrafts (PWC) are subject to the following laws and regulations in the state of New Jersey:

  • PWC may not be operated between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility

  • PWC may not be operated on the Point Pleasant or Cape May canals

  • PWC must not exceed minimum headway speed when within 100 feet of buoys or signs indicating swimming zone boundaries, the shoreline, people in the water, or residential dwelling units

  • PWC must not be operated so as to become airborne with 100 feet of another vessel

  • PWC must not be operated by any person under the age of 16

What are the lifejacket (PFD) requirements in New Jersey?
  • Each vessel must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD of proper size, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible for each person on board and for anyone being towed.

  • Boats 16 feet or more in length must carry at least one Type IV - throwable USCG-approved PFD that is kept within easy reach of the operator or passenger(s) on board.

  • Any person being towed on water skis, other towed devices, or operating or riding on a personal watercraft (PWC) must wear a properly fitted USCG-approved PFD.

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