This weekend marks the traditional start of the boating season in Northern California, but a new state law may prevent some people from getting behind the wheel on the water. Until this year, no license or test was required to drive a boat in California. In January, a new law took effect requiring people under the age of 21 to have a new California boater card. By 2025, nearly everyone who operates a motorized vessel will need one.
After taking a course, people must pass a test and pay a one-time $10 fee for the card.