Moving your boat or PWC licence to NSW

Moving to NSW? You’ll need to get a NSW boat or personal watercraft licence within 3 months to continue using NSW waterways. Here's how.

Interstate licence holders

If you have an interstate general boat or personal watercraft (PWC) licence, you may be eligible to transfer it to a NSW equivalent. This means you won't have to pass the boating knowledge test, take a boating safety course or provide evidence of practical boating experience.

Your interstate licence must be current or expired less than 5 years ago to be eligible for transfer. See How to transfer your licence.

Personal watercraft licences

If you have a PWC licence from Queensland, Victoria or Tasmania, you can convert it to a NSW PWC licence.

If your home state only issues general licences that permit you to operate all types of vessels (including PWC), we will convert your licence to a NSW general boat driving licence. To use a PWC in NSW, you'll need complete the PWC licence boating safety course, pass the PWC knowledge test and pay all relevant fees to get a PWC licence.

See Applying for a PWC licence for more information.

New Zealand boat licences and certificates

If you have one of the following licences, you may be eligible to transfer it to a NSW equivalent:

  • New Zealand Boatmaster Certificate
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Certificate (either RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate or accredited courses).

Your existing NZ qualification must be current or expired less than 5 years ago to be eligible for transfer. This means you won't have to pass the boating knowledge test, take a boating safety course or provide evidence of practical boating experience.

See How to transfer your licence.

Overseas licence holders

Overseas boating licences and certificates are not recognised for conversion to a NSW licence. If you wish to continue to operate a vessel in NSW waters, you must get a NSW licence within 3 months.

To do this, you'll need to:

  • complete a boating safety course
  • provide evidence of practical experience
  • pass the licence test(s)
  • pay all relevant fees.

See Boat or personal watercraft licence for more information.

How to transfer your licence

To transfer your existing licence, you'll need to visit a service centre and apply for a NSW equivalent licence.

You’ll need to provide:

  • Your interstate or overseas licence (the original or a certified copy).
  • A completed licence application form. If you’re applying for a PWC licence, you’ll also need to complete the photo licence application form and provide 2 passport-acceptable photos.
  • Proof of your identity.
  • Payment for the licence fee.

Get started on NSW waterways

Whether you're transferring your licence or applying for a new one, it's important to get to know our boating rules. Refer to the Boating Handbook to learn the current rules for NSW.

Have a safe and enjoyable time sharing our waterways!

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