NSW boaters get digital licences
NSW Boaters can log in to a mobile app to access their licence details.
Boaters in NSW can now access a digital version of their boating licence following the launch of a new digital licence and vessel registration service across the state.
To access their licence details, users need to download the latest Service NSW app for Apple iOS or Android and register for a MyServiceNSW account if they don't already have one. The digital licences are available on an opt-in basis and users will still receive a physical licence.
“The NSW Government issues more than 23 million licences and permits each year, covering more than 760 different categories. This means customers could be carrying up to six different government licences or permits in their wallet at any one time,” said Victor Dominello, NSW minister for finance, services and property and minister for roads.
“By removing paperwork and embracing technology we are providing customers with a product that is fit for purpose in the digital age.”
NSW minister for maritime and freight, Melinda Pavey, said the move to a digital platform means that boaters will be able to access or renew their licences more easily.
“Tide times, lifejackets, fuel, fishing tackle, there’s a lot to keep in mind when heading out on the water,” she said. “Soon there will be one less item you will need to remember and as long as you have your phone you’ll have your licence.”
The only exception to the digital service is for personal watercraft licence holders who will still need to carry physical licences when out on a jet ski, as photo identification is required.
Users who choose to carry only a digital licence must ensure their device remains charged and accessible. The licences can also be accessed on another smartphone or tablet by securely signing into the Service NSW app when in mobile reception.
Boat licensing and renewals are also now available under the ‘My Licences’ tab in the Service NSW app.
Other NSW licences, including recreational fishing fees, became available digitally in November last year. Since then, more than 30,000 digital licences have been downloaded.
For more information visit a Service NSW Centre or go to www.service.nsw.gov.au.