Hire and drive

Hire and drive vessels are Domestic Commercial Vessels which are hired for recreational use.

Requirements

Hire and drive vessels are domestic commercial Vessels which are hired for recreational use. 

All hire and drive vessels require a Certificate of Operation.

Additionally, the following hire and drive vessels require a Certificate of Survey:

  • All hire and drive vessels 7.5m or more in length
  • All hire and drive vessels operating outside sheltered waters
  • All hire and drive vessels operating overnight.

These vessels must comply with the design, construction and safety equipment requirements of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part F Section 2 (PDF).

Converting hire and drive licences to the new National System

Hire and Drive licences issued by Roads and Maritime Services before the introduction of the National System remain valid until their expiry date. When you renew, you'll be issued a National System Certificate of Operation.

Applying for a hire and drive Certificate of Operation

To apply for a Certificate of Survey and Operation or a Certificate of Operation, please follow the steps shown on:

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