As the requirements around the California Boater Card change yearly, The Division of Boating and Waterways reminds boaters to stay up to date with the terms in order to continue legally boating in California.

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) published a reminder for California boaters on June 28 about a change in the requirements to obtain and carry a California Boater Card, which is required when boating in state waterways.

On Sept. 18, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law Senate Bill 941, which prohibits the operation of motorized vessels in California without a valid California Boater Card developed and issued by the DBW. The law requires vessel operators to complete an approved boating safety course and carry a California Boater Card when operating in state waters.

The law is being phased in by age group, with all boaters required to carry the card by January 2025. As of Jan. 1, the card is required for operators 45 years of age or younger, and by Jan. 1, 2023, all boaters 50 years of age or younger must carry a card.

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