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. This will eliminate the need to have a boating safety education card with them when boating.

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

For more information on boating requirements and DNR boater education course, please visit DNR website.


  • Customers who complete a DNR approved classroom course:

    • Will automatically have their information submitted electronically to DDS by DNR.

    • DDS will placed the information on the customers record if he/she has or in the past had a Georgia driver's license or ID card.

    • The next time you renew your license or id, the indicator will be placed on your card.

    • If you choose to visit a center to have the indicator place 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, the indicator will be placed on your card if DDS has a record of the course.

  • Customers who complete an online NASBLA approved boater education course:

    • Must bring the original certificate of completion to a DDS Customer Service Center to have the indicator placed on their license or ID.

    • If the approved course was taken in another state, you must also bring the certificate of completion to a DDS Customer Service Center.