FINALLY A “BOAT LICENSE”? …. Almost
New York State has now implemented a program that will now permit you to having your NYS Boating & PWC Safety Certificate marked on your driver’s license or other identification document issued by the DMV Dept of Motor Vehicles
Anyone that has successfully completed the New York Safe Boating and Jetski Course may choose to have it indicated on their driver’s license, non-driver ID, or learner’s permit. A small anchor icon will be placed on your DMV document, Showing that you have earned a New York State boating safety certificate.
The advantage to this is that you will no longer need to carry both your boating safety certificate and ID with you when boating, provided Now you will just have to present your DMV credential. DMV will keep records of your having completed the boating safety course, and automatically place the anchor icon on your license each time it is renewed.
If you already have a NY Boater safety certificate, DMV will be offering you the option to visit their office in order to complete the process in person. Check with your local DMV office, Or another option is to simply fill out the NY State Safe Boating Certificate Optional Credentialing of your DMV Document Form (pdf) with the required information and any necessary fees and forward it to the address indicated. State Parks will forward your choice to have the safe boating icon added to your DMV document.
If you plan on taking a New York Boating & PWC Safety Course, Please Check in with www.newyorkboatingsafetycourse.com or www.NYBoatSchool.com, Our Instructors will provide you with paperwork that will allow you to have your boating safety icon placed on your driver’s license.
Captain Rick Mendez