Register a motorboat

If you have a motorboat that has never been registered, this page will help you complete the application form to register it for recreational use in South Australia for the first time.

Who is this for

This application is for people who need to register a motorboat for the first time.

When you buy a motorboat, you must register it in your name within 14 days.

What you need

If your boat has not previously been registered you will need to complete an application for initial registration (382.0 KB PDF).

See additional information for assistance in completing your application form.

If your boat has been registered previously in someone else's name, you will need to transfer boat registration into your name.


The length of your boat or vessel determines the registration fee and facilities levy that you need to pay.

What happens next

Submit your application form

Return the completed form to a Service SA customer service centre, with the following:

  • registration fee and facilities levy for the period required
  • proof of vessel ownership
  • evidence of identity.

Display your registration number

If your boat has already been Boat Coded and one of these applies:

  • the Hull Identification Number (HIN) and certificate number are already recorded in South Australia
  • you can produce the Boat Code certificate

A registration label and certificate will be issued to you.

Other options

Transfer boat registration

Cancel boat registration

Boat club registration

Boat Code identification system

Owning a boat

Boating and marine safety

Boating laws

Contact Service SA

Related information


Boating Safety Unit
Phone  1300 183 046

For more information, or to receive any documents on this page in an alternative format to PDF - phone  13 10 84 or go to a Service SA customer service centre.

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