Yes. In NJ 13 & over for anything motorized. In NY 10 years old & over for personal watercraft a/k/a Jet Ski, Wave Runner, etc.) and born on or after 5/1/1996 for motorized boats.
No Certificate is required for non-powered vessels like canoes, rowboats, paddleboards, sunfish or kayaks.
I LOST MY OLD CARD... OR CHANGED MY NAME... OR MOVED... - DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE NJ or NY COURSE AGAIN?
No. IN NJ the State Police ("NJSP") issued boating safety certificates can be replaced by the NJSP Marine Services Bureau at no cost. Just ask- see below. The NYS Parks Department will replace for a small fee.
Taking the NJ course again will NOT get you a replacement NJ card. It will be flagged as previously issued and NO NEW CARD will be sent to you unless requested.
TO GET AN NJ REPLACEMENT OR UPDATED CARD: You can write(via U.S.P.S.) fax, or email your request w/ proper documents- SEE BELOW
The NJSP prefers e-mails. , this will allow the most efficient means possible. E-mail requests should be sent to NJBoatCert@gw.njsp.org , scanned copies of the below information must be in .jpg/.bmp (picture) format or in a Microsoft word document.
Or, you can request a replacement card by writing to:
NJSP BSC Replacement
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
Requests must include the following information; 1.Full legal name, in the case of a name change you must include your full legal name as it appeared on your original certificate as well as your current legal name, proof of name change (marriage certificate, etc.) .
2. Complete address, in the case of an address change you must include your old address as it appeared on your original certificate as well as your current address.
3. Identification and proof of address e.g., photocopy of drivers license etc.
4. Certificate number as it appears on your certificate ( if known).----> CALL ME- WE KEEP YOUR CARD # ON FILE. It's part of our Student LIFE TIME GUARANTY mentioned at class.
5. Home telephone with area code, daytime phone number and an e-mail address. 6. Indicate the reason for requesting a replacement boating safety certificate. (Examples: Lost, Damaged, Moved, Marriage name change, etc.).
TO GET A NEW YORK REPLACEMENT CARD: A $10 fee is required. The form can be found at
Do I need a BOAT LICENSE too? Can I use my pink Temporary Boater Safety Certif. at NJ DMV THIS IS THE "BOAT" ENDORSEMENT ON YOUR NJ DRIVER'S LICENSE BY DMV.
In NY, no. The certificate CAN be shown on your Drivers License in lieu of the if you'd like that.
In NJ It depends. Not needed for TIDAL WATERS(anything that rises and falls each day and leads to the ocean) YES for NJ public lakes ( some exclusions).
A NJ boat license (ISSUED BY NJ DMC) is a separate document and is in addition to the course's NJSP Card and is ONLY required for operation on non-tidal waters (waterways that do not eventually connect to the Atlantic) in New Jersey.
The DMV boat license is not a substitute for a boat safety certificate, it is an additional requirement. On non- tidal NJ waters you must carry BOTH, a boat safety certificate card and a boat license endorsement on your DL. To obtain a boat license endorsement on your DL go to your a full service NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Facility. Persons must present proof, namely their NJ Boat Safety Certificate (or temp) to DMV to secure a boat license endorsement. View Non-Tidal Boat Operator License Requirements (PDF - 23kb)
NJ EXEMPTIONS IN NON-TIDAL WATERS(lakes, ponds,etc.): A boat license is not required for non-powered vessels (sunfish, row boats,etc.).
Persons operating vessels less than 1 HP, vessels powered by 12 volt electric trolling motors or vessels 12' or longer with less than 10 total HP are exempt from the DL license endorsement requirement.
Out-of-state residents with written proof of the successful completion of an approved boat safety course are exempt from this boat license requirement.
A boat license (ISSUED BY NJ DMC) is unnecessary in salt/tidal water.
IS PINK NJ TEMP CERTIF GOOD FOR DMV? YES. NJ DMV must take your pink "Temp Certificate" to have the "Boat" endorsement on Drivers License. You do NOT need to wait for your NJSP hard card to arrive.
CLICK HERE - see last page----> PRINT THIS NJ STATUTE & TAKE WITH YOU TO NJ DMV
In NYS you may pay for "Boat" endorsement on the NY DL, and NOT carry the Certificate. You can not do that in NJ.
What is the minimum age to take the NJ or NY Boating Safety course?
NJ is 12 and NY is 10 years old.
What are COLREGS?
These are commonly called the "Rules of the Road." These are the compendium of maritime navigation rules (International & US). If your vessel is 39' (12 meters) or longer you are required to have a copy on onboard.
CLICK BELOW: www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/navRules/navrules.pdf
What are local waterway rules for PWC's & boats on places like Lake Hopatcong or Lake George?
These are additional special rules for certain NJ land NY lakes and rivers. Rules like: the night speed limits on Lake Hopatcong (10 mph) or Greenwood Lake (15 mph) and many other rules. Or Lake George pre-launch inspections.
CLICK BELOW FOR NJ's NY go to website for that site: www.njsp.org/maritime/pdf/title13ch82_040710.pdf
Are there any tuition discounts for certain groups?
Upon student request for ALL Senior citizens ( 60 years or more), ALL veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, NJFishing.com members
Q. What are good reference books for power or sailing vessels?
A Chapman Piloting - Seamanship & Boat Handing
by: Albert & Maloney This is the BIBLE of boating. President Teddy Roosevelt saw it was needed a 100 years ago.
Another GREAT nuts & bolts book is: Seamanship Secrets
by: John Jamieson Brief and diverse book. A little on everything, boat rigging, anchoring to storm running.
Q. Do you have the course in Espanol?
A. We have developed a unique text book EN ESPANOL. Available no where else. Very limited availability. CALL FOR DETAILS.