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Your OFFICIAL New Mexico BOATING LICENSE

The Official New Mexico Boating Course, Test and License. Required by anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 who operates a motorboat on New Mexico waters.
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NEED YOUR NEW MEXICO BOATING CARD?

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your New Mexico State Parks Approved Boater Education Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.


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    1. Study Online
    Study up with the Official New Mexico Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.
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    2. Ace The Test
    It’s easy. Our New Mexico State Parks Approved multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!
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    3. GET ON THE WATER
    Once you pass the test, you can print your temporary card and use it immediately. Your permanent New Mexico Boater Education Card, the Official New Mexico Boating License, will arrive by mail within four weeks.

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DO YOU NEED A LICENSE TO
DRIVE A BOAT?

A person born on or after January 1, 1989 who operates a motorboat on the state’s waters shall possess a division-issued boater education card and have it onboard the motorboat during its operation.

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Made for boaters
by boaters

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Watch, listen & learn

Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.

Animated lessons
make it easy

Our animated, narrated and interactive lessons guide your learning experience and help you pass.

Everything you need
included

The BOATsmart!® Course includes all the knowledge you need to pass the test and boat with confidence.

Study at your
own pace

BOATsmart!® automatically tracks your progress on any device. Take it anywhere, anytime.

Designed for all ages
& skill levels

Designed by boaters and subject matter experts just for you.

NEW MEXICO BOATING KNOWLEDGE BASE

NEW MEXICO BOATER CARD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A NEW MEXICO DRIVER’S LICENSE IN ORDER TO OPERATE A MOTORIZED BOAT ON STATE WATERS?

No. Boaters are not required to have a driver’s license in order to legally operate a boat in New Mexico.

WILL MY BOATSMART! NEW MEXICO BOATING LICENSE EVER EXPIRE?

Your BOATsmart! Card will never expire. But stay in touch after you pass the test – BOATsmart! offers free, online refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating skill and knowledge up to date as years pass and boating regulations change.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS WHEN BOATING IN NEW MEXICO?

The only boaters REQUIRED to wear life jackets while boating in New Mexico are:
Children 12 years of age and under who are on board any boats that are underway.
PWC operators and passengers.
Paddle craft operators and passengers.
Passengers being towed behind a boat (i.e. water-skiers).

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT TAKES ME LONGER THAN 3-HOURS TO COMPLETE THE BOATSMART! COURSE? WILL I NEED TO START OVER?

The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Knowledge Base before taking the Final Test.

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BOATING IN NEW MEXICO

Trusted And Recognized From Coast To Coast

If you love hitting the water, New Mexico’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs are great for boaters! Even though this state may be best known by tourists for it’s beautiful deserts, you can also hit the gorgeous waters of New Mexico for a day of boating!

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