CERTIFIED BOATER REGISTRY
DLNR’s enforcement officers may board your vessel at any time while at sea. Please cooperate. They are working to make sure that you and all other ocean users in that waterway are safe. If you are the operator of the vessel, you are required to carry proof of certification on board while operating your vessel. The enforcement officers may ask to see your proof of certification. They may also, at their discretion, ask for a photo ID and/or verify your credentials through the certified vessel operator registry. Even though you are in the registry, if you do not have your proof of certification you may be issued a citation which could lead to a hefty fine and the enforcement officers may terminate your voyage. DLNR enforcement officers will use the registry as a second form of verification. It’s possible that if you are boarded and do not have your proof of certification, but your name is in the registry, the enforcement officers may terminate your voyage without issuing a citation.
If you have a DLNR/DOBOR Boater Safety Education Card, you are already in the registry. No further action is required. To join the registry, please enter the information below. Make sure you use your most current mailing address and send an update if you move so your profile is always current. If you are not fully compliant with DLNR rules, we will assist you or advise you on how to become compliant with DLNR’s mandatory education requirement. Be sure that you provide information on the best way to contact you. An email address AND your current phone number is best.
Your data is kept on a secure server and will not be sold to any other agency or organization. Data entered into this registry is purely for use by DLNR and other federal, state and county marine enforcement agencies to verify education credentials of boaters on Hawaii waters.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FIELDS WITH AN ASTERISK ARE REQUIRED. IF YOU HAVE NO MIDDLE NAME, INITIALS OR SUFFIX IN YOUR NAME PLEASE LEAVE THE FIELD BLANK.
PLEASE TYPE IN ALL CAPS. THANK YOU.
If you are using a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) to comply with DLNR’s Mandatory Education requirement, make sure it is current. You may only claim the exemption and use it for this purpose when your MMC is valid. Remember that you can always request a DOBOR Boater Safety Education Card that is equivalent to your MMC so you can leave your MMC in a safe place while pleasure boating.
If you took a “NASBLA Approved” boating safety course in another state and want to cite reciprocity, remember that you must be oriented in the state specific information about Hawaii boating rules and regulations and receive appropriate credentials before operating a vessel in Hawaii.
For MMC holders and out of state boaters, visit DOBOR’s Mandatory Education Question and Answer page at: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/ for details on getting a DLNR Boater Safety Education Card. When you apply, you will also be listed in the Hawaii Certified Boater Registry.
Sorry, but Hawaii’s Mandatory Education Rule only acknowledges NASBLA approved courses taught in the United States, US Territories and Canada. Visiting vessels are exempt from compliance with Hawaii’s Mandatory Education requirement for 60 days.