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Boat Licence SA
14th Jun 2011

If you are operating a boat with a motor you must have a licence. This is regardless of size of the boat or the engine, or whether the engine is being used at the time.


Getting a Boat Licence in SA

If you are operating a boat with a motor you must have a licence.  This is regardless of size of the boat or the engine, or whether the engine is being used at the time.

You must be 16 years old to apply for a boat licence. If you are aged between 12 and 16 you may be able to apply for a special permit to operate a recreational vessel. A practical test must be taken within six months of passing the written exam.

If you are over the age of 16, getting your boat licence is a straightforward process....

To get your South Australian Boat Licence:

A.  Book and pass the theory exam

B.  Lodge the application form

For more boat operator information visit the SA Government web site.

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