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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 an Authorised Training Provider (ATP) you can post your application.


  • 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.

What you need

  • 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'.

How to apply

  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 ATP:

  1. Download and complete the Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence – PDF.
  2. Gather all the necessary documentation.
  3. 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.
  • 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 Transport for NSW to make sure you have all the information.

Payment methods

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