The speed at which a boat is driven determines whether you need a licence. Anyone who is the operator of a power-driven vessel operating recreationally on NSW waters, at a speed of 10 knots (approximately 18.5km/h) or more must have a general boat driving licence. Anyone who drives a personal watercraft (PWC) at any speed must have a PWC driving licence.
Combined driver licence and boat driving licence
Eligible customers can combine their boat driving licence and unrestricted driver licence (all classes) onto one card. Find out more about Combined driver licence and boat driving licence
In this section...
The steps you need to take to get a general boat or Personal Watercraft (PWC) licence.
How to combine your driver licence and boat driving licence onto one card.
Information on renewing, replacing or updating your general boat or PWC driving licence.
Requirements to prove your identity when applying for a new or upgrading your licence.
Take the online Boating Knowledge Quiz to practice for your licence test, or just to test your knowledge of boating safety and rules.
Are you new to NSW? You need to transfer your interstate or overseas boat licence to a NSW equivalent.
Fees and charges for boat and PWC driving licences.
Frequently asked questions about general boat and PWC driving licences.