Motor Boat Driver's Licence - Tasmania


You will need this licence to drive a recreational vessel. Recreational vessels include personal water craft (PWC), such as jet skis.

Please note:

  • You may apply for recognition of your interstate motor boat driver's licence.
  • You will need a PWC endorsement on your motor boat driver's licence to drive a PWC.
  • You will need a certificate of competency from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (ASMA) to operate a vessel commercially.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • have passed a BoatSafe Practical Tuition course (please check with the Agency for a full list of Accredited Providers).

To obtain a PWC endorsement you must also complete a PWC Practical Course with Surf Life Saving Tasmania.

You must have the certificates of competency to drive a vessel in a commercial capacity. Please see the document attached for more information.

You can apply for a provisional licence if you are aged between 12 and 17 years old and have passed a Boatsafe Practical Tuition course. Provisional licence conditions include:

  • must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • cannot operate a vessel at night
  • cannot go faster than 20 knots
  • cannot tow a skier.


3 years or pro-rata from commencement date


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

Marine and Safety Authority Act 1997 Tasmania

Local law(s) name

Marine and Safety (Motor Boats and Licences) By-Laws 2013

Application process

A Tasmanian Motor Boat Licence is obtained by attending a BoatSafe Licence Course with an accredited provider. The course has a theory and practical component and takes approximately 5 hours.

Candidates aged between 12 and 17 years completing the same course will be issued a Provisional Licence which has conditions attached. The Provisional Licence is upgraded to a full licence automatically once the age of 17 is reached.

On completion of the course the applicant must attend Service Tasmania with evidence of identity documentation and pay the prescribed fee.

Approval time

1 business day

Additional information

You will not need this licence if you intend to:

  • drive a boat with an engine less than 2.9kW (4 horsepower)
  • use a hire and drive vessel that cannot exceed a speed of 8 knots.

Administering agency

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Contact details

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