A1: The Marine Services Bureau cannot replace Boating Safety Certificates over the phone. All requests for replacement must be E-mailed or sent through the United States Postal Service.
All requests must include the following information or they will not be processed:
Scanned copies of the below information must be in .jpg/.bmp format or in a Microsoft word document.
New Jersey State Police, Marine Services Bureau
Boating Safety Certificate
PO Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
Enlarge all images sent as they will not be legible otherwise.
A2: It is an endorsement on your New Jersey Driver’s License or ID card that allows you to operate a vessel on non-tidal waters. It is not a replacement for your Boating Safety Certificate, but an additional required document for non-tidal waters. Follow the link below to find out more information about Boat License requirements.
View Non-Tidal Boat Operator License Requirements [pdf]
A3: To operate a vessel upon the waters of this State, an individual would need one of the following: a Boat Safety Certificate issued in their home State, a New Jersey Boat Safety Certificate, United States Coast Guard Captain’s License, or written proof of completion of a safety course approved by N.A.S.B.L.A. or one substantially similar to a New Jersey Course.
A4: Contact the Marine Services Bureau using one of the methods listed in A1 above. Provide as much information about yourself and the class as possible.
A5: Contact the Marine Services Bureau using one of the methods listed in A1 above. Provide as much information about your child and the class as possible.
A6: No. The Marine Services Bureau can only issue New Jersey Boat Safety Certificates for successfully completed approved New Jersey courses. However, some courses taught in Pennsylvania and New York States are approved as New Jersey safety courses. In this case, the instructor of the course will provide you with a New Jersey State Police Application for a Boat Safety Certificate (S.P.421) to serve as your temporary Boat Safety Certificate. The Marine Services Bureau will send the instructor your permanent certificate for issuance to the student. If there is any question if this applies to your course, the matter has to be resolved by the course provider not the Marine Services Bureau.
A7: To find an approved safety course in your area, check newspaper listings, area night schools, marinas, boating supply stores, or search the internet. The New Jersey State Police, Marine Services Bureau does not provide the course at this time.
A8: Yes. However, after successful completion of the internet portion of the course, the student will have to complete an in-person, proctored exam. The Marine Services Bureau cautions students, prior to beginning the on-line study, to check with the on-line course provider to insure they provide a testing location within driving distance from the student’s location.