A general boat driving licence is a minimum requirement if you're driving any vessel for recreational purposes at 10 knots (approximately 18.5 km/h) or more, on NSW waters.

To obtain your general boat driving licence, you'll need to:

If you've already passed the test and completed the requirements with an Authorised Training Provider (ATP), you can post your application or take your documents to a service centre.

Once your licence has been granted, you can access it digitally through the Service NSW app.


Anyone aged 12 or over who has successfully completed the general boat licence knowledge test can apply for a general boat driving licence.

What you need

How to apply

  1. Gather the required documents.
  2. Select the 'Book an appointment' button.
  3. Follow the prompts to make an appointment at a Service NSW Centre.
  4. Lodge your application in person at your selected service centre.

If you've completed the requirements with an ATP:

  1. Gather all the necessary documentation.
  2. Post your application to:
    Service NSW
    Agency Business Centre
    PO Box 21​
    Parkes NSW 2870.

More information

  • To help you practise for your test, you can take a revision quiz, online.
  • The duration of a general boat driving licence can be 1, 3, 5 or 10 years.
  • Licence fees vary depending on the duration of the licence, and whether they are concessional licences.
  • You must be aged under 16, or hold an eligible concession card at the time of payment, to receive a concession.
  • If you hold an unrestricted NSW driver licence (all classes) and a NSW general boat driving licence, you may be eligible to combine these 2 licences on one card. Visit Transport for NSW to make sure you have all the information.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 20 June 2024

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