Boat and vessel registration

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Check vessel registration

You can check a vessel’s registration details online. Check whether it’s current, expired or cancelled.

Get the Boating Handbook

The NSW Boating Handbook is your practical and essential guide to safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways.

How to register a vessel

How to register a boat or personal watercraft in NSW for the first time. Check what vessels need registering, steps to apply and what to display.

Renew vessel registration

How to renew your boat or personal watercraft registration in NSW, online, in person, by phone or by post.

Transfer vessel registration

How to transfer registration when you buy, sell, inherit or dispose of a boat, personal watercraft or other vessel in NSW.

Interstate or overseas vessels in NSW

Are you visiting or travelling through NSW waterways? Moving to NSW? What are the registration requirements for boats and personal watercraft?

Fees and concessions for boat and vessel registration

How much does it cost to register a boat or other vessel in NSW? Find out fees for registration, Boatcode Agents, personalised registration numbers and more.

Vessel labels and ID

All you need to know about getting and displaying HIN/Boatcodes, registration numbers, labels and plates on your vessel. Plus find a Boatcode Agent.

Proving your identity

To register a boat or other vessel in NSW, you need to provide certain ID and documents that prove who you are. Use this checklist to see what you need.

Maritime dealers

The Maritime Dealer Vessel Registration Scheme (MDVRS) authorises approved dealers to register new recreational vessels which have not been previously registered, on behalf of their customers.

Penalties for boating offences

There are penalties for operating an unregistered vessel, failing to display a proper registration number, and failing to notify Transport for NSW when you transfer a vessel.

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