Renew, replace or update

If you do not renew your licence on or before its expiry date, you cannot continue to drive a boat or Personal Watercraft. If your licence is lost, stolen or damaged, or your personal details change, you should apply for a replacement.

Renewing your general boat or Personal Watercraft licence

It’s your responsibility to renew your licence before it expires. Roads and Maritime Services sends a renewal notice approximately six weeks before your licence is due to expire.

You can renew your general boat licence online, by phoning 13 12 56, or in person at any registry or service centre. You’ll need to provide payment for the renewal fee. See licence fees for details.

If you’re renewing a personal watercraft licence, you’ll also need to provide a completed application for photo licence (PDF) and two passport-acceptable photos.

Replacing your licence card

If your general boat or personal watercraft licence card is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can apply for a replacement by phoning 13 12 56 or in person at any registry or service centre. You’ll need to provide proof of identity and pay the replacement fee. See licence fees for details.

Changing your personal details

If any of your personal details change, you should inform Roads and Maritime Services as soon as possible, so that our records are up to date.

Changing your address (individuals)

If you change your address, you must notify Roads and Maritime within 14 days. You can change your address by phoning 13 12 56 or in person at any registry or service centre.

If you would also like to update your address on your NSW driver licence or photo card, please tell the customer service representative or you can update your address online.

Changing your name

If you’ve changed your name, you must notify Roads and Maritime within 14 days. You will need to complete a Change of Records – Maritime Products Only and provide original or certified copies of:

  • A full or primary identity document showing your original name and
  • A secondary identity document showing your original or new name and
  • One of the following documents evidencing your name change:
    1. Marriage certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or Interstate equivalent (Commemorative Certificates are not acceptable);
    2. Divorce decree (bearing the name being reverted to);
    3. Change of name certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages;
    4. Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority;
    5. Document showing evidence of change of name registered in the Land Titles Office;
    6. Birth certificate showing the name at birth and your new name (Commemorative Certificates are not acceptable).

You can change your name by attending a registry or service centre in person or mailing the form and required documents to:

Roads and Maritime Services
Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

IMPORTANT:

If you also hold a NSW driver licence or photo card, you should complete a Change of Records - Roads and Maritime Products  to update both records. Change of name requirements are different and require attendance in person. See Changing your personal details for further information.

Renewing, replacing or changing details on your combined driver and boat licence

For information on renewing or replacing your combined licence card, or updating your personal details, see Combined driver licence and boat licence.

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