Boater Endorsement

The State Department of Driver Services (DDS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering to help boaters show they have the required boater education. A boating indicator – a small anchor - will be added to the front of a driver’s license or ID card. Customers will no longer need to have a boating safety education card with them when boating.

Georgia requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, that operates any motorized vessel on the waters of the state must complete a boater education course.

Visit the DNR website for more information on:

  • Boating requirements 
  • DNR Boater education course.


  • Customers who complete a DNR approved classroom course:
    • Will automatically have their information submitted electronically to DDS by DNR.
    • DDS will update their record with the course information. Customers must have a Georgia License or ID or had one in the past.
    • The next time you renew your license or id, the boater indicated will be added to your card. 
    • If you choose to visit a center to have the indicator placed on your card before renewal, you may be subject to issuance or renewal fees.
    • If you renew online or via the DDS 2 Go app and DDS has a record of the course, the indicator will be placed on your card. 
  • Customers who complete an online NASBLA approved boater education course or an approved course in another state: 
    • Must bring the original certificate of completion to a DDS Customer Service Center. 
    • You may be subject to issuance or renewal fees to have the indicator placed on your card.