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Agencies join to make boating education proof easier

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. 
 
“Once the boater education completion indicator is placed on your DDS record, it will automatically be printed on your license or ID each time it is renewed. We are excited to partner with DNR on this customer-focused initiative,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore.
 
“As time moves forward, more and more Georgians will be required to complete a boater education course if they want to operate a boat on state waters,” said Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “To be able to show that you have completed boater ed on your driver’s license will eliminate the need to carry a separate card, which is much more convenient.” 
 
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.

For more information visit www.gadnrle.org/boating-education.

Posted online 10/29/19

 
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