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Key info

  • If you buy a boat that is already registered, you must transfer the registration to your name within 7 days.
  • You can check online to see if the boat you are buying is currently registered.
  • You must visit a service centre to transfer a boat registration.
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    About transferring a boat registration

    If you have bought a boat that is registered in Tasmania, you must transfer the boat registration into your name within 7 days. You may be fined if you do not.

    If you have bought a boat that is not currently registered, you can apply to register the boat and transfer it into your name as part of the registration process.

    How to transfer

    What you need to transfer

    When you visit the service centre you need:

    • a completed transfer application (PDF, 174KB), signed by the last registered owner(s), or
    • a completed transfer application with a receipt signed by the last registered owner(s), or
    • to have the reverse side of the current certificate of registration signed by the last registered owner(s).

    You also need to:

    • provide proof of identity
    • pay the fee.

      Can I transfer?

      You can transfer a boat registration into your name if you are over 16 years old.

      Proving your identity

      There are 2 ways to prove your identity:

      1. your Tasmanian driver licence
      You can show your driver licence, even if it expired up to 2 years ago

      2. provide identity documents
      If you don't have a Tasmanian driver licence, you must show at least:

      • One Category A document and two Category B documents, or
      • Two Category A documents and one Category B document.

      • Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate)
      • Australian photo driver licence (can be expired up to 2 years)
      • Australian passport (can be expired up to 2 years)
      • Overseas passport/visa (can be expired up to 2 years)
      • Australian firearms licence
      • Tasmanian Government personal information card (displaying full name)
      • Australian citizenship papers
      • Travel documents or ImmiCard (issued by Department of Immigration and Border Protection or Australian Government)
      • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (issued by Department of Immigration and Border Protection)

      • Medicare card
      • Bank or credit card with signature
      • Student identity card with photo (issued by an Australian educational institution)
      • Concession card (Veteran's Affairs/Centrelink/other current entitlement issued by the Australian Government)
      • Births, Deaths and Marriages change of name/marriage certificate/deed poll (not a church or celebrant issued document)
      • High risk work licence (issued by WorkSafe Tasmania)
      • Working with vulnerable people or children card (issued by the Australian Government).

      At least one document must confirm your current Tasmanian residential address

      Additional evidentiary documentation may be required from the Evidence of Residential Address section below.

      Documents must be less than 6 months old.

      • Financial institution statement
      • Utility account (power, water, telephone)
      • Council rate notice
      • Lease or rent agreement
      • Land tax valuation notice
      • Australian Taxation Office assessment (current or last financial year)
      • Certificate of title.

      • Adoption paper issued by court
      • Divorce paper issued by court, indicating the name being reverted to
      • Change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages or deed poll
      • Guardianship order
      • Marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (not a church or celebrant issued document).

      If you are a provisional applicant, and you are unable to provide any of the above documentation to confirm a current Tasmanian residential address, you may provide one of the following:

      • Copy of driver licence of either parent (as identified on birth certificate)
      • Letter from current school confirming enrolment and address
      • Concession card - provisional applicant as a listed dependent

      How much it costs

      Boat Registration Fees

      All recreational vessels in Tasmania are registered annually with a common expiry date of 31 December.

      Marine and Safety Tasmania provide a handy registration fee calculator to help you work out the cost.

      Boat Registration Renewal Fees


      Recreational Vessels

      $85 (to 31/12/2022)

      Transfer of Ownership Fee

      Transfer of OwnershipCost

      Motor Boat


      Duplicate Certificate of Boat Registration

      Issue of DuplicateCost

      Certificate of Boat Registration


      Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

      Payment options

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      More Information

      • If the boat registration has recently expired or is about to expire, you can pay the next registration renewal period with the transfer fee.
      • If your boat registration has expired for more than a year you can apply to register again and keep the existing registration number. For more information please ask at a service centre.
      • To transfer a boat registration that is currently registered to a deceased owner, you must also provide a:
        • transfer application completed and signed by an executor of the estate as the seller
        • copy of the death certificate issued by Births Deaths and Marriages
        • copy of the will confirming the executor
        • the beneficiary of estate where applicable. Where a person is listed as a beneficiary of an estate, the transfer fee does not apply.

      Please visit Marine and Safety Tasmania for more information on transferring a boat registration.