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Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Do I need Boating Safety Certificate today if I want to operate a personal water craft (Jet Ski, Waverunner) in New Jersey?
    Yes, the Certificate is now required. The minimum age for operating a PWC in NJ is 16.
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  • What is the cost of a private boating safety course for myself and my employees?
    The rate per person is based on the number of people attending the class. There is a minimum charge for a private course, and the cost per person is reduced as the number of attnedees increases.
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  • What are the basic parts of the boating safety course.
    You will learn local and state regulations regarding boating safety and specifications of equipment you will need to have onboard.
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  • Do I need a boat safety certificate?
    Yes, if you are operating a personal watercraft (Jet Ski, Wave Runner, etc.) on the waters of the State of New Jersey you are required to possess a New Jersey boat safety certificate, additionally, if you are operating any other power vessel and you were born in 1969 or later, you are also required to possess a boat safety certificate. As of June 1, 2007, all power vessel operators born in 1959 and later will be required to possess a boat safety certificate. On June 1, 2008, all power vessel operators born in 1949 and later will be required to possess a certificate. As of June 1, 2009, all power vessel operators, regardless of date of birth, will be required to possess a boat safety certificate. Exemptions: A boat safety certificate is not required for non-powered vessels. Exemptions: A boat safety certificate is not required for non-powered vessels. Exemptions: A boat safety certificate is not required for non-powered vessels.
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  • I live in another state, do I need a boat safety certificate?
    Yes - Out-of-state residents are not exempt from the education requirement listed above; however, the law states that an out-of-State resident who is at least 16 years of age and who will be in this State for less than 90 days may operate a power vessel on the waters of the State of New Jersey if they possess a boat safety certificate issued by their state of residence, or if they possess written proof of successful completion of a boat safety course approved by another state, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators(N.A.S.B.L.A.) or the United States Coast Guard.
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  • Can I operate a power vessel in the State of New Jersey if I possess a current United States Coast Guard operators license?
    Yes, a person holding a current United States Coast Guard operator's(captains) license, who is otherwise required to possess a boat safety certificate, may operate a power vessel on the waters of the State of New Jersey without having completed a boat safety course approved by the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, provided that they have their captains license in their possession while operating.
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  • I have taken a boating safety course in the past, will the New Jersey State Police issue a boat safety certificate based on this course?
    A boat safety certificate can be issued to a person who has taken an approved boating safety course in the past. An approved boating safety course is a course that had been taught after January 18, 1988, the content of which had been approved by the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police for the issuance of New Jersey boat safety certificates. The content of an approved course would have included a block of instruction on New Jersey laws and regulations, a written addendum covering New Jersey laws and regulations and a test containing New Jersey State specific questions. Prior to January 19, 1988 there were no approved boat safety courses in the State of New Jersey, therefore, a New Jersey certificate can not be issued for a course taught prior to this date. With rare exception, courses taught out-of-State do not contain the New Jersey State specific information required for approval, therefore, a person who had previously taken an out-of-State course will not be issued a New Jersey boat safety certificate unless the course had been approved by the State of New Jersey at the time that the course was administered.
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  • I have a state issued certificate from a state other than New Jersey, will the State of New Jersey issue a certificate based on that certificate?
    No, for the reasons stated above, a New Jersey certificate can not be issued based on a certificate issued by another state, or any other agency, or for any course that was not specifically approved for the issuance of a New Jersey State boating safety certificate.
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  • How can I get a replacement New Jersey boating safety certificate?
    Only New Jersey State issued boating safety certificates can be replaced by the Marine Services Bureau. Certificates issued by other states, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Power Squadron, or any other agency can not be re-issued by the Marine Services Bureau. The preferred means of communication with the Marine Services Bureau regarding certificate replacement is via e-mail, this will allow us to serve you in the most efficient means possible. E-mail requests should be sent to lpprobbj@gw.njsp.org , scanned copies of the below information must be in .jpg/.bmp format or in a Microsoft word document. If it is not possible to e-mail your request you can request a replacement certificate by writing to: NJSP BSC Replacement BOX 7068 West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068 Requests may also be FAX'd to (609) 882-8110. Please be certain all of the information FAX'd is clearly legible. Requests must include the following information; 1. Full legal name, in the case of a legal 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 a address change you must include your 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). 5. Home telephone with area code, daytime phone number with area code and an e-mail address. 6. A self-addressed stamped envelope(mail in requests).
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  • What is the minimum age to operate a power vessel?
    There are two minimum ages, 13 years old for vessels powered by electric trolling motors, or vessels 12' or longer with less than 10 total HP. Operators of all other power vessels, including personal watercraft, must be at least sixteen years old, this includes out-of-state residents.
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  • Do I need a boat license?
    A boat license is a separate document from a boat safety certificate and is required for operation on non-tidal water (water where the tide does not change) in the State of New Jersey. The boat license is not a replacement for a boat safety certificate, it is an additional requirement. On non tidal waters in the State of New Jersey you may need both, a boat safety certificate and a boat license. To obtain a boat license, go to your nearest NJ Division of Motor Vehicle Commission Facility. Persons must bring their NJ Boat Safety Certificate with them to apply for a boat license if they are required to possess a certificate for vessel operation. View Non-Tidal Boat Operator License Requirements (PDF - 23kb) EXEMPTIONS: A boat license is not required for non-powered vessels. 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 license requirement. Out-of-state residents with written proof of the successful completion of a boat safety course are exempt from the boat license requirement.
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  • Does my boat need to be registered?
    All power vessels and any vessel longer than 12' must be registered. Vessels are registered by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (609)292-6500.
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  • Do I have to wear a personal flotation device (PFD)?
    All PWC operators and all persons 12 years old and under on any vessel must wear a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while onboard any vessel that is underway. Underway means that the vessel is not anchored or tied to a dock, if it is drifting, sailing or being pushed by a motor it is underway. The personal flotation device may be removed if the child is inside a fully enclosed, permanent part of the vessel that is designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers. Although persons 13 years of age or older and persons not on personal watercraft are not required to wear a personal flotation device, there still must be a wearable personal flotation device onboard the vessel that is the correct size for each person. This wearable personal flotation device(s) must be readily accessible and in serviceable condition.
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  • How can I locate a boating safety course?
    Courses must be attended in-person however, contact information may be found at: www.cgaux.org www.usps.org www.boatus.com
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