Recreational boat registration

Find out what boats need to be registered in Western Australia, and how to register a new boat or transfer ownership.

Having a current vessel registration has many benefits, the most important being it ensures that all of your important contact information is up-to-date and can be used in an emergency to provide accurate information about your vessel if it needs to be located out on the water.

Easy access to the information assists in a timely and successful emergency response. Through registration fees boat owners contribute to improvements to boating facilities such as launching ramps and jetties, and marine services including navigation aids, safety education and compliance patrols.

  Vessel registration sticker and number

Your registration number must be fixed as follows:

  • Power boats: Midship on the side or superstructure, clearly visible and not under the flare of the bow (numbers to be 150 mm tall).
  • Yachts fitted for motors: On the side of the hull immediately forward of the transom (numbers to be 50 mm tall).
  • Tenders: Must have parent vessel's number on each side, forward of the transom.

The registration identification label is to be fixed to the port (left) side of the vessel, next to the registration number.

Download the 'Vessel registration brochure' below.

MAC-P-RBRegistrationNumbers0610.pdf icon Recreational registration numbers regulations Kb
MAC-P-SafetyGuidelinesVesselReg.pdf icon Vessel registration brochure: Safety guidelines - Marine Safety Kb

  Pay your boat registration online

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You must have your account number to use this option. Please contact 13 11 56 if you have misplaced or lost your account number.

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You are now able to view your boat details and pay your annual boat registration renewals through your DoTDirect online account.

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  Recreational boat registration fees

Registration of private pleasure craft fees

Fee type Fee
Initial registration for 1 year or renewal of annual registration where overall length of vessel.
Registration of private pleasure craft, less than 5 metres $121.20
Registration of private pleasure craft, 5 metres to 9.99 metres $257.30
Registration of private pleasure craft, 10 metres to 19.99 metres $516.20
Registration of private pleasure craft, 20 metres and over $754.90
Registration of private pleasure craft recording fees
Recording fee initial private pleasure craft registration $28.00
Recording fee change of ownership private pleasure craft registration $28.00
Recording fee registration expired more than 30 days private pleasure craft registration $28.00
Replacement of documents
Replacement of certificate of private pleasure craft registration $12.00

Recreational vessel, boat registration number fees

Fee type Fee
Registration number for private pleasure craft for each numeral
Large boat registration numbers $1.65
Small boat registration numbers $1.65

Recreational vessel, boat registration search fees

Fee type Fee
Providing details of recreational vessel, boat registration particulars $77.00

Recreational vessel computing fees

Fee type Fee
Requests for statistical and boating information for non-commercial activities that involve the use of computing resources
Recreational vessel computing fees, payable in advance per hour $165.00

Registration of foreign recreational vessel fees

Fee type Fee
Initial registration for 3 month period where overall length of vessel is;
Registration of foreign recreational vessels less than 5 metres $4.00
Registration of foreign recreational vessels 5 metres to 9.99 metres $7.25
Registration of foreign recreational vessels 10 metres to 19.99 metres $9.50
Registration of foreign recreational vessels 20 metres to 29.99 metres $19.00
Registration of foreign recreational vessels 30 metres to 39.99 metres $38.00
Registration of foreign recreational vessels 40 metres and over $76.00

Recreational vessel Dealer Trade plate fees

Fee type Fee
Initial Issue of Recreational vessel Dealer Plates, first set $360.00
Annual renewal of Recreational vessel Dealer Plates, first set of plates $270.00
Each subsequent set of Recreational vessel Dealer Plates, percentage of first set of plates. 10%
Purchase of subsequent set of Recreational vessel Dealer plates $150.00
Replacement of lost Recreational vessel Dealer Plates $150.00

  Boats that must be registered

Boats moored at Rottnest Island
Boats moored at Rottnest Island

Owners of recreational vessels that are or may be propelled by mechanical power, this includes electric motors and boats which are ordinarily propelled by sail, must register with them with the Department of Transport (DoT) and pay the associated registration fees.

The annual registration fee is determined by the hull length of the vessel as described on the vessel's Boat Registration Certificate.

Recreational boats in navigable waters such as those on moorings, in pens or berthed at jetties are also required to be registered, regardless of how regularly they are being used.

It is an offence to use or have in any navigable waters a registrable vessel without a current registration.

Interstate

Boats currently registered in another state receive a three month period of grace after first being used in Western Australia waters. Vessels entering from the Northern Territory have 30 days. After this period of grace the vessel must be registered with Department of Transport.

Overseas

If you have a foreign pleasure vessel which is owned by a person who is not a permanent resident of Western Australia (but does not include a registered interstate pleasure vessel) and it is temporarily within navigable waters for a period greater than 30 days, then the vessel must be registered as a foreign pleasure vessel.

MAC_F_RB-RFPV-1014a.pdf icon Foreign pleasure vessel registration (Form) Kb
MAC-P-SafetyGuidelinesVesselReg.pdf icon Vessel registration brochure: Safety guidelines - Marine Safety Kb

  Boats that do not need to be registered

Recreational vessels not requiring registration:

  • Sailing vessels that cannot carry a motor.
  • Canoes, surf skis and other craft without motors.
  • Tender vessels no more than 3.1 metres long.
    • With a motor not bigger than 5hp (3.73 kW).
    • Used only as a lifeboat and for ship to shore transport, and for no other purpose.
    • Displaying the registration number of the parent vessel.
MAC-P-SafetyGuidelinesVesselReg.pdf icon Vessel registration brochure: Safety guidelines - Marine Safety Kb

  How to register a new boat/vessel

To register your new boat, submit your application in person at a DoT Driver and Vehicle Service (DVS) Centre, Regional Centre or at a Regional Authorised Agent. Make sure you take the following documents with you:

  • New boat registration form (available below).
  • Hull Identification Number (HIN) certificate.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of acquisition, this may include any of the following.
    • Bill of sale.
    • Detailed receipt.
    • Consignment note.
    • Offer to purchase or any document that provides evidence of ownership. For example: a statutory declaration.

You will also be required to pay a registration fee as well as annual fees.

Note:

Purchases of boats with expired registrations will be treated as transfers rather than new boat registrations.

Please download the registration form below:

MAC-F-RB-NewBoatTfr_AddOwners.pdf icon Additional boat owners: Additional purchasers/sellers Kb
MAC-F-RBNewBoatRegistration.pdf icon New boat registration: Application to register a new boat Kb
MAC_F_Boat_ownership_Stat_Declaration.pdf icon Statutory declaration: Boat ownership (Recreational boating) Kb
MAC-P-SafetyGuidelinesVesselReg.pdf icon Vessel registration brochure: Safety guidelines - Marine Safety Kb

  Transfer of ownership

If you're purchasing a boat with expired registration you will need to transfer the ownership not register it.

Both the seller and purchaser of a boat with current or expired registration with DoT will need to complete and sign a Boat transfer form: Notification of change of ownership, which will need to be submitted to DoT via mail or in person at a DVS centre, Regional Centre or Regional Authorised Agent.

Seller's responsibility

When selling a recreational boat with current or expired registration with DoT you must submit the following to DoT via mail or in person at a DVS centre, Regional Centre or Regional Authorised Agent within seven days of sale:

  • Completed and signed Boat transfer form: Notification of change of ownership and submit the red seller's copy. The rest of the form remains with the purchaser.

Purchaser's responsibility

When purchasing a recreational boat with current or expired registration with DoT you must submit the following to DoT via mail or in person at a DVS centre, Regional Centre or Regional Authorised Agent within 15 days of purchasing the vessel:

Purchaser's copy of the completed Boat transfer form: Notification of change of ownership

  • Proof of identity
  • HIN certificate (if HIN is not recorded on the registration certificate)
MAC-F-RB-NewBoatTfr_AddOwners.pdf icon Additional boat owners: Additional purchasers/sellers Kb
MAC-F-RBBoatTransfer.pdf icon Boat transfer form: Notification of change of ownership Kb
MAC-P-SafetyGuidelinesVesselReg.pdf icon Vessel registration brochure: Safety guidelines - Marine Safety Kb

  Updating registration details

The owner of a recreational vessel registered with DoT must notify the Department within 15 days of any changes to the address of the owner of the registered vessel. Complete either a Change of boat (registration) details, Change of name and address or Change of personal details form and update your details via:

MAC_F_AppReplaceCertRegistration.pdf icon Application for a replacement certificate of boat registration Kb
MAC-F-RBChangeOfBoatRegistrationDetails.pdf icon Change of boat (registration) details Kb
MAC-F-RBChangeOfAddress.pdf icon Change of name and address: Boats, RST, moorings, jetties Kb

Man using tablet to pay boat registration

 

Page last updated: Mon May 20 2019 9:29:28 AM