A Message to

California Boater Card Partners 

Dear Boater Card Partner:

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) welcomes your partnership in promoting the California Boater Card program. Boating safety and education have always been important pillars of our mission of service to California boaters. We believe boater education can improve safety and increase waterway recreation enjoyment. To this end, boat operators can apply for the California Boater Card online.

As most of you know, California Boater Card outreach started a few years ago. You may have seen boater card messages in your boat registration renewal mailing, on marina posters, at boat shows, or in boating publications and websites.

Enclosed in this Partner Resource Kit, you will find helpful print, digital and social media files. They are also housed online. We encourage you to use and share these California Boater Card resources to expand boater awareness about taking a course and getting a boater card.

Senate Bill 941, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014, adds California as one of 49 states or territories that require some type of boater education.

DBW is rolling out the California Boater Card program in phases by age. You can direct boaters to our website for more detailed information and our online application page at www.CaliforniaBoaterCard.com.

Thank you for being our partner. Together we can help make 2018, the first year of the California Boater Card, a boating safety education success!


Ramona Fernandez

Acting Deputy Director

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways