Boat Operator License



A valid ALA Boat Operator License is required to operate ANY vessel on Lake Arrowhead including small boats such as kayaks and canoes.

To receive or renew your Boat Operator License you must take the ALA Lake Safety Test. The test is "open book" and tests your knowledge of the Boating and Swimming Rules.

NEW FOR 2018:  The state of California requires that anyone operating a motorized vessel that is 20 years old or younger must obtain a California Boater Card. Anyone at any age who is teaching someone to operate a motorized vessel must also be in possession of a current valid California Boaters Card. ALA Boat Operators Licenses will not be issued to anyone 20 years old and younger who is not in possession of a valid California Boaters Card.

Your Boat Operator License is good for three years from the date of issuance and the cost is $15.00.

Follow these steps to receive a Boat Operator License:

Step 1. Review the Boating and Swimming Rules.

Step 2. Take the ALA Lake Safety Test online or visit the ALA office to take the test.

Step 3. Pay $15.00 by phone or when you visit the office.

Step 4. Have your photo taken in the ALA office for new licenses or, if we have your photo on file already, we can use the photo we have.

Step 5. Receive your License! If you pay by phone and we have your photo on file you may have your License mailed to you. Let us know when you call. If you come into the office your License will be created in a few short minutes.