Boater Endorsement

A partnership between the State Department of Driver Services (DDS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making it easier for boaters to show they have the required boater education. A boating indicator – a small anchor -- may be added to the front of a driver’s license or ID card to eliminate the need to have a boating safety education card with them when boating.

While all Georgia boaters do not need to complete training, many are required to complete a state-approved education program before operating a boat -- including anyone born on and after January 1, 1998.

The advantage to this program is that you will no longer need to carry your boating safety education card with you when boating, provided you have your driver’s license/ID with you.

Those without the boater education completion indicator printed on their driver’s license or ID card must continue to carry their proof of completion of the boater education course (if required in Georgia) along with proof of identity. Boat operators can enroll in a certified boater education course either online or through a classroom-based program to receive the necessary certification (www.gadnrle.org/boating-education).

Process

  • Customers who have completed a DNR approved classroom course will automatically have their information submitted electronically from DNR after the class completion and placed on their DDS record if they have or in the past have had a Georgia driver’s license or identification card. The next time they apply for a driver's license or ID Card renewal, the boater education completion indicator will be placed on their license or ID Card.
  • Customers who return to the DDS for the boater education completion indicator before their license renewal may be subject to any issuance or renewal fees.
  • Customers who choose to renew online or via the DDS 2 GO app will have the indicator placed on their card if DDS has a record of the course completion on file from DNR.
  • Those who have completed an online NASBLA approved boater education course may bring the original NASBLA certificate of completion to a DDS customer service center to have the indicator placed on their license or ID.
  • Those who have completed a NASBLA approved boater education course from another state may bring the original NASBLA certificate to a DDS customer service center to have the indicator placed on their license or ID.