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:
- provide evidence of practical boating (logbook) experience
- successfully complete the general boat licence knowledge test.
You can book an appointment to undertake the knowledge test and apply for your licence, at a service centre. Alternatively, if you've completed the requirements with a Recognised Training Provider (RTP) you can post your application.
Once your licence has been granted, you can access it digitally using your smartphone or tablet device. You'll need to have a MyServiceNSW Account and the latest version of the Service NSW app. You can then add Maritime to your MyServiceNSW Account.
Note: Discounts are available for pensioners.
Anyone aged 12 years or older can apply for a general boat driving licence.
You may be eligible for a 50% discount on the licence fee if you:
- hold one of the following:
- NSW Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
- DVA Gold card endorsed with:
- TPI (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated)
- EDA (Extreme Disablement Adjustment)
- war widow/er.
- have evidence from the DVA confirming:
- you receive a disability pension of 70% or higher or an intermediate pension, or
- you've been assessed at 50 or more impairment points.
What you need
How to apply
- Select the 'Book an appointment' button.
- Locate your preferred service centre and 'Select'.
- Choose a date and time for your appointment.
- Enter your details to confirm your booking.
- Make sure you have all the required documentation.
- Attend your appointment at the service centre.
If you've completed the requirements with an RTP:
- Gather all the necessary documentation.
- Post your application to:
Roads and Maritime Services
Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870
- 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 under 16 years of age, 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 Roads and Maritime Services to make sure you have all the information.