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Boat Licence TAS
14th Jun 2011

A licence is require in Tasmania when operating a vessel with a motor of 4hp or greater. As of 1st November, 2004 the way a person gets a motor boat licence in Tasmania has changed.


Getting a Boat Licence in TAS

A licence is require in Tasmania when operating a vessel with a motor of 4hp or greater (except for a hire or drive vessel).

  • Motor Boat Licences can only be obtained by completing a BoatSafe Practical Course.  A list of approved Accredited Providers is shown on the MAST Website.
  • Once the applicant has completed the competencies and has passed the exam, an interim licence will be issued.
  • The Motor boat licence is posted in the mail (allow four weeks).
  • Fees apply
  • The motor boat licence is valid for a three year period (pro rata). Licences all have a common expiry date.  It is not a requirement to carry your licence when on the water in Tasmania but MAST by-laws stipulate that, if requested, the licence must be produced within 14 days.
  • A motor boat licence is for recreational boating only. You will need a Certificate of Competency to operation a vessel commercially
  • It is recommended you obtain and study the MAST Safe Boating Handbook prior to undertaking the licence test. The handbook is available to download from this website. Alternatively, you can obtain a copy from your local Service Tasmania shop or from the MAST Office. Cost is $3.00

Visit the Marine & Safety Tasmania - MAST web site for more information.

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