Boat Driving Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a power-driven recreational vessel in NSW waters, at a speed of 10 Knots (18.5km) or more. You will also require this licence if you intend to drive a personal watercraft (PWC) at any speed.

There are four types of licences:

  • General Licence: a licence for people aged 16 and over, to drive any vessel (except a PWC) at 10 knots or more;
  • Young Adult General Licence: a restricted licence for people aged between 12-16 years;
  • Personal Watercraft Licence (PWC): for those who have a General Licence and intend to drive a PWC; and
  • Young Adult Personal Watercraft Licence: a restricted licence for people aged between 12-16 years who intend to drive a PWC.

A personal watercraft (PWC) is a power-driven vessel that has a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, sitting astride or kneeling, and includes jet powered surfboards.

Please note that exemptions from holding this licence apply. Please see the regulation for details.

Please be aware that you can now apply to have a combined driver licence (motor vehicle) and boat driving licence on the one card. The licences remain separate and there is no change in the way a driver or boat licence is obtained or maintained.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Boat Driving Licence you must be:

  • At least 12 years of age (but less than 16 years of age) you are applying for a young adult general boat driving licence or young adult personal watercraft driving licence;
  • At least 16 years of age if you are applying for a general boat driving licence or personal watercraft driving licence;
  • Provide evidence of attained age for the relevant licence; and
  • If under the age of 16, provide written evidence of parental or guardian consent;

You may be required to undertake and pass a practical test, examination, eyesight test, attend a course or seminar and / or medical examinations.

Please refer to the attached document or consult the Contact Officer for further details on eligibility requirements.

Duration

General Licence and Personal Watercraft Licence (PWC): 1, 3 or 5 years. General Young Adult Licence and Young Adult Personal Watercraft Licence: 6 months or 1 year.

Expiry

General Young Adult Licence and Young Adult Personal Watercraft Licences expire each year on the holders birthday..

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries
Transport for NSW
Roads and Maritime Services
NSW Maritime Division


Operating address:
James Craig Road
Rozelle
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5100
Camperdown
New South Wales 1450

Phone:

13 12 56

Phone:

02 9563 8557

Fax:

02 9563 8522
contactus@rms.nsw.gov.au

Supporting information

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