Boat licences set to sail digitally from June

23 March 2017

Boating enthusiasts will soon have one less card to carry with General Boat Driving Licence and Vessel Registrations set to be turned into digital licences from June.

The move will see the two maritime transactions added to the “My Licences” digital wallet in the Service NSW app, joining the RSA/RCG Competency Card and Recreational Fishing Fee which were made available digitally in November last year.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello joined Gosford Liberal Party candidate Jilly Pilon in Gosford today to make the announcement.

“Digital licences are the smart, easy and convenient way to manage licences, allowing you to have your licences stored on your phone instead of taking valuable space in your wallet,” Mr Dominello said.

“The digital age has transformed processes and consumer expectations. This announcement is testament to the Government’s commitment to removing paperwork and ensuring policies reflect the 21st century.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said once launched the digitisation of licence types would make it easier for boaters.

“From tide times, lifejackets, fuel, to fishing tackle, there’s a lot to keep in mind when heading out on the water. Soon there will be one less item you will need to remember and as long as you have your phone you’ll have your licence,” she said.

“Once customers renew their licence online, they’ll be able to get out on the water without having to wait for a new licence card to arrive as digital licences are updated within minutes not days.”
Digital licences can be sighted just like physical licences, and authorities are able to verify whether a digital licence is current or has conditions.

While users who choose to carry only a digital version of their licence must ensure their device remains charged and accessible, digital licences can be accessed on another smartphone or tablet by securely signing into the Service NSW App.

For more information visit a Service NSW Centre or go to the Service NSW website www.service.nsw.gov.au, or download the app.

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