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If you have a general boat driving licence that is current, or expired less than 5 years, you can upgrade to a personal watercraft (PWC) driving licence at any time.

A 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.

Applications for a PWC driving licence can be completed at a service centre, or posted if you've completed the requirements with an Authorised Training Provider(ATP).


Holders of a general boat driving licence.

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 photos 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)
  • the PDF form – 'Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence'
  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the Application for a Personal Watercraft Driving Licence – PDF.
  2. Gather your supporting documentation.
  3. Visit a service centre and provide the information in person, or post it to:
    Service NSW
    Agency Business Centre
    PO Box 21​
    Parkes NSW 2870

More information

  • You won't need to provide practical evidence of boating experience.
  • 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 one(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

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