The Division of Boating and Waterways plans to start accepting California Boater Card applications in late 2017. In the meantime, you can take a DBW approved boating safety course (Aceboater course) and be grandfathered into receiving your card. Once you have passed the course, please hold onto your certificate until the Division starts accepting applications. DBW will be accepting all certificates of completion dated January 1, 2015-December 31, 2017.
DBW plans to begin issuing the California Boater Cards prior to Jan. 1, 2018, implementation date. The Boater Card Technical Advisory Group anticipates that the cost of the card will be no more than $10.