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A personal watercraft (PWC) is a vessel with a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, lying down, sitting astride or kneeling, and includes jet powered surfboards. A special licence is required to drive one, regardless of the speed at which it's driven.

To obtain a PWC driving licence you must hold a general boat driving licence and have successfully undertaken the PWC 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.

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  • your proof of identity
  • your general boat driving licence
  • evidence of having passed the PWC licence knowledge test
  • 2 colour passport acceptable photographs, with your name and date of birth printed on the back of each photo
  • evidence of holding an equivalent qualification that can be recognised for the issue of a NSW PWC driving licence (if applicable)
  • your payment
  • the PDF form – 'Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence'.
Book an appointment
  1. Select the 'Book an appointment' button.
  2. Locate your preferred service centre and 'Select'.
  3. Choose a date and time for your appointment.
  4. Enter your details to confirm your booking.
  5. Download and complete the Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence – PDF.
  6. Make sure you have all the required documentation.
  7. Attend your appointment at the service centre.

If you've completed the requirements with an RTP:

  1. Download and complete the Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence – PDF.
  2. Gather all the necessary documentation.
  3. Post your application to:

Roads and Maritime Services
Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21​
Parkes NSW 2870

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  • If you're aged 12 years or older and you hold a general boat driving licence, you can upgrade to a PWC driving licence at any time.
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  • To help you practise for your test, you can take a revision quiz, online.
  • When completing the licence application form, you'll be required to provide information about any medical conditions which may affect your ability to  operate a PWC.
  • The duration of a PWC 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.
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Payment methods

For online or phone transactions, you can pay with:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre, you can pay with:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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