Renew, replace or update

You must renew your boat or personal watercraft (PWC) licence before it expires. If your licence is lost, stolen or damaged, or your personal details change, you should apply for a replacement.

Renew a boat or personal watercraft licence

It’s your responsibility to renew your licence before it expires. We will send you a renewal notice 6 weeks before it expires.

Boat licence

Renew your general boat licence online

You can also renew your general boat licence by phoning 13 12 56, or in person at a service centre. You’ll need to pay the licence fee.

Note: over the counter payment at Westpac branches is no longer available.

PWC licence

You can only renew a personal watercraft licence in person at a service centre or by sending a completed application for photo licence with the PWC licence renewal fee and 2 passport-acceptable photos to:

Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

Renewing early or late

You can renew your licence in person up to 3 months early. If you are renewing a licence late but within 5 years of the expiry date, you’ll need to pay a late fee as well as the renewal fee.

If your licence is not renewed within 5 years of its expiry date, you’ll need to complete the entire licence process again – including relevant training and tests.

Replace a boat or PWC licence card

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

Update your name or address on a boat or PWC licence

If any of your personal details change, you must notify us within 14 days. You will need to update your driver licence or photo ID separately to your maritime licence.

Updating your address

You can change your address on your boat or PWC licence by phoning 13 12 56 or update in person at any service centre.

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

Changing your name

To change your name, complete a Change of Maritime Records form 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:
  • Marriage certificate – issued by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or interstate equivalent (Commemorative certificates are not acceptable)
  • Divorce decree – bearing the name being reverted to
  • Change of name certificate – issued by NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Deed Poll – registered with the relevant authority
  • Document showing evidence of change of name – registered in the Land Titles Office
  • Birth certificate – showing the name at birth and your new name (Commemorative certificates are not acceptable).

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

Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21 Parkes NSW 2870

If you would also like to update your name on your driver licence or photo card, you’ll need to attend a service centre in person. See changing your personal details to find out what to do.

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