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Boat Registration Number Rules in NSW




One thing we often get asked to do is registration numbers that are not up to the standard that RMS requires in New South Wales, so we thought we would do a quick post explaining what is and isn't allowed so you don't get in trouble on the water.



The NSW RMS requirements are as follows:


SIZE: The registration numbers need to be 150mm high if they are on a power boat, or can be 100mm high if they are on a sail boat or jet-ski

LOCATION: For a yacht the number can be on the transom (stern, back). For a power boat they need to be placed either s


ide. Note, it doesn't say at the bow, so you can put them really wherever you want as long as they are visable. So they can be either side of the cabin, or either side on the stern.

FONT: The font has a couple of requirements and this is what often is misunderstood.


The font can't be just outlines of the letters. Yes, there are many boats with these, but that doesn't mean they meet the requirements.


The font also need to be something clearly readable. Script fonts and complex handwritten or funky fonts are often then not very suitable. Remember, a registration number is like a number plate on a car, it needs to be clearly leg