Regulations & FAQs
Navigation Law Updates
Effective January 1, 2020
As per Brianna’s Law, all motor boat operators…
- Born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2023
- Born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024
- All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025
How to obtain an Anchor Endorsement
Anyone successfully completing the New York Safe Boating Course may opt to have the anchor icon placed on your NYS DMV issues document. DMV will maintain a record of your having completed the boating safety course and automatically place the icon on your license each time it is renewed.
Frequently Asked Questions
You must hold a safety certificate if:
You operate a personal watercraft and are at least 14 years of age. Anyone may operate a personal watercraft if someone at least 18 years old is on the craft and they hold a safety certificate.
The required boating safety certificate must be carried by the minor at all times while operating the boat. An approved course of instruction includes at least 8-hours of classroom training and a proctored exam. Students must be at least 10 years old to take the course.
Can I take an on-line safety course?
Only certificates issued by New York State, the USCG Auxiliary, the US Power Squadrons, or approved on-line providers are acceptable. State law requires that the New York State Boating Safety Program includes at least eight hours of instruction, and a proctored exam.
I'm visiting New York, Will my safety certificate from my home state be sufficient?
Yes. Because the New York Boating Course is NASBLA approved it is accepted in other states and Canada.
I lost my safety certificate, How can I get a replacement?
Visit ILostMyCard.com to “Find Your New York Boat Safety Certification Record.”
You may request a replacement certificate by going to: Application for a replacement NY Safe Boating Certificate.
Att: Boating Safety
Empire State Plaza, Bldg 1.
Albany, NY 12238
If you are under the age of 18 there is no charge for the replacement certificate. If you are over the age of 18 you must include a check for $10, made payable to “NYS Parks”. If you lost your temporary certificate you must wait until your permanent certificate is issued. Temporary certificates cannot be replaced.
Why did my instructor give me two temporary certificates?
After completing the program your instructor should have given you two sheets; a white temporary certificate that you should carry while waiting for your permanent certificate and a yellow copy as well. The yellow copy should be sent to State Parks along with your $10 fee for processing your permanent certificate. State Parks cannot issue a permanent certificate to you until we receive the yellow copy and your fee. If you are less than 18 years old, your instructor should have only given you the white temporary certificate. The instructor is responsible for mailing the yellow copies for those students under the age of 18 to State Parks. In all cases, the permanent certificate will be issued by State Parks.
Why haven't I received my certificate yet?
There may be several reasons. Processing the vast number of certificates received is a very time consuming process, and most permanent certificates take at least 60 days for processing. If you are over the age of 18, ensure that you have sent in the yellow copy of your temporary certificate and the required $10 fee. Checks are cashed at the time the permanent certificate is issued.
I earned a state safety certificate when I was young, Does that count?
Yes, provided you still have a copy of your original certificate and you were under the age of 18 at the time. Records do not exist for courses taught prior to the early 1990’s.
What will happen if I do not have a boating safety certificate?
Can I have my New York Boating Safety Certification noted on my drivers license?
Yes, Anyone completing the New York Safe Boating Course may opt to have their driver’s license indicate completion of the course. A small anchor icon will be placed on your drivers license attesting that you have earned a New York State Boating Safety Certificate. You may request an anchor icon by completing the following form: Click Here
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