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Find out if you need a New Hampshire boat license or boating education certificate in order to legally operate a recreational vessel in New Hampshire. You can earn your boating education certificate by taking a state-approved boating safety course. When you register your boat and learn about boat operation safety, you are doing your part to promote the responsible use of state waters.
Need help learning about boat operation safety practices and state boating laws? Sign up for a boating education class in your local area or online. Once you have passed your boating safety exam, you will receive your New Hampshire boat license or boating education certificate. Boating safety courses will help you understand the navigation rules of the road, safety equipment requirements and special regulatory zones.
Your boat registration serves as documentation to prove that you are the rightful owner of a vessel. There are registration fees that you will need to pay when you register your boat; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.
New Hampshire has its own set of boating rules to protect the waterways and keep everyone who uses them safe.
Learn how to take care of your crew and your boat, while also taking care of our valuable water resources.
Additional resources and information can be found directly on the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles site.
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