As of Aug. 2006 New Jersey was the only state to require a boat license as far as I know.
New Jersey Boating License:
In Jan. 2006 NJ passed a law [section 2 of P.L. 1987,c.453 (c: 12:7-61)]
requiring a mandatory boating safety course and get a Boating Safety Certificate before operating a power vessel, including a personal watercraft. By dates as follows:
Courses are given by:
- a. By persons born after December 31, 1978;
- b. Before June 1, 2006 - By persons born after December 31, 1968 and on or before December 31, 1978;
- c. Before June 1, 2007 - By persons born after December 31, 1958 and on or before December 31, 1968;
- d. Before June 1, 2008 - By persons born after December 31, 1948 and on or before December 31, 1958;
- e. Before June 1, 2009 - By all other persons.
United States Power Squadrons (www.usps.org/)
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (nws.cgaux.org/index.html, uscgaux.info)
To get a New Jersey State Boating Safety Certificate, send:
- Full legal name.
- Current address (indicate that this is your current address).
- Former address (your address at the time the NJ certificate was issued if different from your current address).
- Hair color, eye color, date of birth.
- Photocopy of the front and back of your drivers license.
- Photocopy of your birth certificate if you do not have a drivers license.
- Your telephone number with area code
- Photocopy of the "pink" copy of the NJ certificate application if you have it. Make sure it is legible by tracing over the information that may be too light to copy well. This is the copy of the application you received when completing the USPS course.
- Photocopy of the USPS Certificate of Accomplishment that you received when completing the course.
New Jersey State Police
Marine Service Unit
Attn: Boating Safety Certificate
PO Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08828-0068
scan above in .jpg, .bmp, .pdf format and email to:
NJ state Police Marine Services Unit: (609) 882-2000: ext. 6181
NJ state Police Marine Services Bureau (www.state.nj.us/njsp/maritime/testout.html)
Raritan Bay Power Squadron (www.rbps.org/public_boating_courses.htm)
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last updated 4 Sep 2006