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New Mexico’s Official Boating Course, Test and License. Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.


USD $29.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater

USD $29.95 Only USD $19.95 Per Boater

Need your New Mexico Boater 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.

1. Take the course

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.

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!

3. You’re the captain now

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.

Who needs it?

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.

Approved,
Accredited
& awesome

We’ve been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is North America’s largest Accredited Boating Safety Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Card is accepted in more than 40 U.S. states and in Canada. We’ve got you covered!

500,000 Smart
Boaters & growing

Made for boaters, by boaters. The BOATsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your Official NASBLA Boating License. Study at your own pace and we’ll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.

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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.
 

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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We’ve teamed up with the best outdoor, adventure and travel brands to help you get the most out of your outdoor pursuits. Your BOATsmart!, HUNTINGsmart! or ATVsmart! course fee includes free membership to Campfire Collective and instant access to exclusive partner discounts.

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