Boat Code - South Australia


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 contact the Agency

Act(s) name

Harbors & Navigation Act 1993 South Australia

Regulation(s) name

Harbors & Navigation Regulations 2009 South Australia

Additional information

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

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Transport Services Division

Transport Safety Regulation

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Front Desk

Operating address: Customer Service Centre
Mailing address: GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 131084
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