• Boat
  • Boat
  • Boat

Program Information

For-Hire Vessel Carriers: Perform passenger transportation services (for any type of compensation) other than point-to-point service are subject to the For-Hire Vessel Carrier regulation.

  • Examples are fishing charters, sightseeing services, dinner cruise, etc.

Registrations must be renewed annually before the start of the new calendar year.

Vessel Common Carrier: Provide transportation of persons or property between fired points within the state. Examples: commuter ferry service on San Francisco Bay and service between California mainland points and Catalina Island.

All Vessel Common Carriers will continue to register with the PUC.

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To obtain a For-Hire Vessel Carrier Insurance Certificate, the following requirements must be met:

  • Every For-Hire Vessel Carrier must procure and maintain adequate protection against liability for long as the for-hire vessel company continues to offer its services.

Letter to All Applicants

  • Letter to For-Hire Vessel Carriers


All forms to be included in New/Renewal Application Process


Fee to Apply

  • Original Application fee of $25*
  • Application Renewal fee of $25*

*All fees to be paid in the form of check or money order to the Department of Parks and Recreation.


Additional Information


Original copies of completed documents are to be sent to:

Department of Parks and Recreation
Boating Safety Unit
For-Hire Insurance Verification Certificate Program
P.O. Box 94286
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001