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Do I need to take a test to operate a boat in California?

To operate a motorized boat in California you need to complete an approved online boating safety course – such as aceboater.com – and pass a test. You will then receive a California Boater Card that allows you to go boating.

It is being phased in by age over the coming years:

  • January 1, 2018: Anyone 20 years old or younger must have a Card.
  • January 1, 2019: 25 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2020: 35 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2021: 40 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2022: 45 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2023: 50 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2024: 60 years old or younger.
  • January 1, 2025 All persons regardless of age.

California Boating License

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