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Motorboat or jet ski license

MVC issues motorboat and personal watercraft licenses for use on fresh, non-tidal waters or lakes, creeks or rivers not affected by tidal conditions. A boat license and New Jersey boat safety certificate is required to operate a power vessel or personal watercraft - jet ski or waverunner - on non-tidal waters of New Jersey. A boat license is not required for non-powered vessels.

How to complete a boating safety course
You must successfully complete a boating safety course approved by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) to receive a New Jersey Boating Safety Course Certificate. Visit the NJSP Marine Service Bureau website for full details; to locate a course near you, refer to Q. 11 in the Frequently Asked Questions.

How to get an initial motorboat or jet ski license
You must be at least 16 years old. If you are under the age of 17, you need to present a letter with parental or guardian consent. Visit a motor vehicle agency:
  • Present a New Jersey Boating Safety Course Certificate
  • Pass the 6 Point ID requirements
  • Pay $18 license fee
How to renew a motorboat or jet ski license
Follow the step-by-step instructions to renew your license.

Visit an MVC Agency:
  • Pass the 6 Point ID requirements
  • Pay $18 license fee

For your convenience, MVC accepts American Express® card, MasterCard® card, Visa® card, checks, money orders and cash.

Read the Boating Safety Manual
Download a copy of the Boating Safety Manual [rev 3/2011, pdf]

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