The State Government has announced that boat registration stickers will be phased out from
October 1, meaning boaties will no longer risk fines for displaying them incorrectly

July 8, 2019

Boat registration stickers will come to an end on October 1, the same as car registration stickers which were phased out in 2014.

On Saturday, the State Government announced it will be removing the requirement for vessels to display registration stickers.

Acting Transport Minister Steven Miles said it made sense to end the need for boat rego labels after car stickers were phased out five years ago.

“Boat registration stickers peel and fade because they are constantly exposed to harsh weather, and there are still offences associated with not having one properly displayed,” Mr Miles said.

“That doesn’t make sense and boaties have called for us to get rid of them, so we are.”

Mr Miles said Maritime Safety Queensland and police will continue to enforce registration through vessel registration numbers on boat hulls.

“We’re getting rid of stickers but not registration requirements,” Mr Miles said.

“Boat owners will still need to ensure their vessel is registered and registration renewal notices will be sent to them as usual before the due date.”

According to TMR regulations all boats — including personal watercraft — with an engine of 3kW or more must be registered when they are on the water in Queensland.

Transport and Main Roads will continue to provide boaties with registration information and tools to remind them of their registration expiry/due date.

Boaties can sign up to receive email reminders for their boat registration on TMR’s website

They can also check if a boat’s registration is current on the web or by downloading the Qld Rego Check App.


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