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New Mexico boating license

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New Mexico

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A complete 3-hour course… well organized in 7 chapters

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  • The card is valid for life
  • Exam retries are free
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Who needs to take a boating safety course in New Mexico?

New Mexico State Parks Boating Safety Card

To operate a motorboat (including a sailboat) or PWC in the state of New Mexico, anyone born on or after January 1, 1989  must carry a boating safety education certificate of completion proving they have passed a NASBLA approved boating safety education course.


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  • Start the course for free
  • Pay only $ 39.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide approved by New Mexico State Parks Division.
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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
  • Navigation rules
  • Meeting situations
Chapter 5

Getting Underway

  • U.S. Aids to navigation system
  • Docking & Undocking
  • Procedures for Anchoring
Chapter 6

Emergency Preparedness

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

Other Water Activities

  • Water skiing & towed devices
  • Water-Jet Propelled Watercraft (PWC)
  • Marine environment

Crystal clear. Our team works hard to develop intuitive and effective training. No endless reading, interactive learning is the key to success!


Take the final test

  • The exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

  • Free exam retries - Risk free!


Print your certificate

  • Print your certificate and start boating now!

  • Your certificate is good for life.

  • You'll receive a wallet-sized card within 4 to 6 weeks.

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FAQ - Boating in New Mexico

Do I need a boater education card to operate a watercraft in New Mexico?

A person born on or after January 1, 1989 who operates a motorboat (including a sailboat) on the states waters shall possess a division issued boater education card and have it on-board the motorboat during its operation.

Who is exempt from having to acquire a boating safety education certificate?
  • A person who possesses and has onboard the motorboat a valid marine operator license issued by the US Coast Guard that covers the motorboat being operated.

  • A person who, legally operating a motorboat that is exempt from vessel registration requirements and applicable rules and is being used for Law Enforcement or official government business.

  • A person who is not a resident of New Mexico and possesses and has onboard the motorboat a current boater education card or certificate issued by another state or country whose requirements meet NASBLA minimum standards.

  • A person who has purchased the motorboat within the prior 30 days and possess and has onboard the motorboat the bill of sale or motorboat registration that documents the purchase date.

  • A person who is renting a motorboat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days, is an authorized operator of the rental motorboat and has reviewed and received the information listed in Subsection B of NMAC from the rental agent.

I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the New Mexico boating safety education certificate?

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

Is New Mexico Boating License accepted in other states?

The State Park issued Boater Education Card is honored in most states in the country unless that state does not have an education reciprocity agreement with New Mexico. When you move to, or travel to a new state, it is your responsibility to check the law in that state

Why should I choose
  • we have hundreds of illustrations that will help you to better understand the content;

  • our online course is available 24/7.

  • you can access our online support by phone, email or chat.

  • we offer multi-platform training.

  • our Policy has always been, "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back"!

How long are boating safety certificates valid in New Mexico?

Forever - they do not expire.

What does the course cost?

Only $ 39.95 (online course, final test and online certificate included).

How can I get a replacement boating education card if I've lost it?

Before we can replace your boating card we must be sure that we originally issued it to you. Check with us by calling our toll-free number at 1 877 661-1938 to talk to an agent, or send us an email including your date of birth and we will contact you by email within 24 hours, during our office hours.

If you are certain that you took your online course with, please log into your dashboard and click on "Order Replacement Cards".

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