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Boat owners reminder to display rego labels

16 May 2014

The registration label, which is posted to the owner after registration, must be securely stuck to the boat next to the steering position and clearly visible to anyone operating the vessel.

The label should be stuck on as soon as it is received and in any case no more than 21 days after registration.

“Many boat owners have become complacent confusing the requirements for motor vehicles with those for boats,” Peter Thomas, Manager of Marine Operations and Response, said.

“Alternative means of checking registration just don’t exist for checking vessels so the registration label is the only on water way to verify currency of registration.

Boats owners who don’t display their registration label on their boat risk a maximum penalty of $750.

“You don’t have to be the owner of the boat to be guilty of an offence,” Mr Thomas said.

“If you are not the owner but are operating the boat you risk a similar maximum penalty to the owner so that’s a good reason to check for the registration label before operating the vessel.

“Remember, all boats fitted with an engine must be registered to travel in South Australian waters, so if a registration label is not stuck on the boat this may indicate the boat is not registered.”

For more information visit the boat registration page.

For a free copy of the South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook or the Kayaks and Canoes Safety Reference Guide please telephone 1300 183 046, or email


Rego label