Yacht and Ship Broker Licensing

Yacht and Ship Licensing Examinations Notice Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the critical need to stop the COVID-19 surge and prevent the overwhelming regional intensive care unit capacity, the public is advised that state offices are temporarily closed until further notice. However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees our department remains virtually open for business; you can contact Monique Cabral at Monique.Cabral@parks.ca.gov(916) 327-1847, or Jill Bennetts at Jill.Bennetts@parks.ca.gov(916) 327-1838. The department is also accepting regular mail.

2021 Examination Schedule

Please check this website regularly, as it will be updated with new information on examinations. We thank you for your patience as we continue to practice safety measures to ensure the protection and health of all Californians. For information on California’s Regional Stay at Home Order, please visit www.covid19.ca.gov.


DBW licenses and regulates yacht brokers and salespersons in California. Those selling used vessels 16’ or longer and less than 300 gross tons, for others, are required to be licensed. DBW enforces the Harbors & Navigation Code to regulate the activities of licensees to ensure compliance and provide consumer protection.

If you are not a licensed California Broker/Salesperson, you CAN NOT legally sell or advertise used boats physically located in State of California.

Licensing Administrator for Yacht Brokers:
Monique Cabral
(916) 327-1847

Licensing Administrator for Yacht Salespersons:
Jill Bennetts
(916) 327-1838

For information regarding regulation and enforcement, to report unlicensed activity or to file a complaint concerning a licensed broker or salesperson, contact:

Investigator - Michael Beals
(916) 327-1839



Yacht and Ship Brokers Act

Harbors and Navigation Codes 700-740
Code of Regulations - Title 14, Article 8