Boat Code - South Australia

Service summary

Boat Code identification is compulsory for all recreational vessels being registered in South Australia for the first time, or when vessels change ownership.

HIN plates can only be issued and affixed by an appointed Boat Code Agent/Approved Examiner.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Boat Code is an identification system for registered recreational vessels and involves fixing a set of small plates bearing a Hull Identification Number (HIN) to the hull of a vessel as a security measure or validating the HIN fixed by the manufacturer. The HIN is similar to Vehicle Identification Numbers on motor vehicle compliance plates. Each HIN will be unique to the vessel and permanently linked to the hull.


Once off.


Variable. Please confirm at application.

Additional information

The application for Boat Code must be presented to an appointed Boat Code Agent, together with the Certificate of Motor Boat Registration.

Please contact the agency directly for application forms.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Transport Services Division
Transport Safety Regulation

Act(s) name

Harbors & Navigation Act 1993 (South Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Harbors & Navigation Regulations 2009 (South Australia)

Contact details

Front Desk

Service SA has 20 Customer Service Centres throughout South Australia that deliver Registration and Licensing services, open for business Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Limited services are also available through 9 Service SA Rural Agents. These offices are managed on behalf of Service SA by local or District Council or other Government Agencies.

Locations can be found at:

Customer Service Centres, Service Agents; Rural Agents:

Operating address:
Customer Service Centre



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