Combined driver licence and boat licence
From 1 December 2014, eligible Roads and Maritime customers can combine their unrestricted driver licence (all classes) and adult boat licence onto one card. A combined licence will constitute a NSW driver licence which includes an indicator on the reverse side of the card that the licence holder also holds a NSW boat licence.
About combined licences
A combined licence allows eligible Roads and Maritime customers to combine their unrestricted NSW driver licence (all classes) and NSW adult boat licence on one card.
A combined licence constitutes a NSW driver licence which includes an indicator on the reverse side of the card that the licence holder also holds a NSW boat licence.
This new product combines the licence cards only. The licences remain separate and there is no change to the way a driver or boat licence is obtained or maintained.
You are eligible to apply for a combined licence if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You hold an unrestricted driver licence of any class (including rider, heavy vehicle)
- Your driver licence is current or has not been expired more than five years
- Your driver licence is due for renewal or eligible for renewal
- You hold a boat licence (including personal watercraft) that is current or has not been expired more than five years
- The name and date of birth on your driver licence and boat licence match
- You agree to align your boat licence expiry date with your driver licence expiry date and pay the fees due
- Your driver licence renewal period has an expiry date that is greater than the current boat licence expiry date (boat licence expiry dates can only be extended, not reduced)
- If you're applying for a 10 year combined licence, you are aged between 21 and 44 years (if you're 45 or more you're not eligible for a 10 year licence).
You are not eligible for a combined licence if:
- You do not hold an eligible driver licence
- You hold a learner or P1/P2 driver licence
- You hold a young adult general boat or young adult personal watercraft licence, or a gratis boat licence
- Your unrestricted driver licence is not due for renewal or eligible for renewal
- Your driver licence expired more than five years ago
- Your boat licence expired more than five years ago
- You do not agree to align your boat licence expiry date with your driver licence.
If you're eligible, you have the option of applying for a combined licence only at the time of your driver licence renewal.
You must consent to aligning the expiry date of your boat licence with your driver licence.
To ‘opt in’ to a combined licence, you must:
- Hold an eligible driver licence and boat licence
- Complete a Licence Renewal Application (PDF, 376Kb) and answer questions relating to combining your licences
- Be photographed
- Pay the renewal fee for the driver licence and the pro-rata fee due on the boat licence to the new expiry date (including reinstatement fees if required)
- Prove your identity
- Complete an eyesight test (if required)
- Provide a satisfactory medical report (if required).
You can opt out of your combined licence at any time. Your driver licence and boat licence will be reprinted at no fee. If you surrender your licence voluntarily, you will receive a pro rata refund of both or either licence components.
Changing your personal details or licence details
If any of your personal details change, you should inform Roads and Maritime Services as soon as possible, so that both licence records and your combined licence card are up to date. For information see Changing your personal details.
If you are upgrading or downgrading your boat licence, please attend a service centres or selected registries.
If you are adding or removing eyesight or medical conditions, please attend a service centres or selected registries.
Renewing your combined licence
Roads and Maritime Services will send you a combined renewal notice for your driver and boat licence approximately six weeks before they are due to expire. You can renew your combined licence at service centres and selected registries. You must renew your boat licence and driver licence at the same time. You cannot renew your combined licence online.
Suspended or cancelled licences
If one of your licences is suspended or cancelled because of enforcement action, you will need to attend a service centre to be issued with a replacement of the licence not affected by the enforcement action. The replacement licence will be issued at no fee.
Suspended or cancelled licences will not be reprinted.
The Fair go for safe drivers scheme will still be available to eligible drivers.
There is no additional fee for the combined licence.
See Frequently asked questions for more information.
You can combine, renew and maintain your combined driver and boat licence at all service centres and at the following registries: