UK Boat Licence

UK Boat Licence

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Photo for UK Boat Licence - Size & Requirements

UK Boat Licence Photo Online
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 34.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Boat Licence Photo Guidelines

A boat licence was created for individuals who may wish to use a boat for travelling, business or leisure. Without a special licence, using a vessel/boat is not permitted and people will be fined. For a licence, a photo is required.

Photo Size & Requirements for UK Boat Licence

Uk requirements for a boat licence are the same as a UK passport.

  • Size: 45x35 mm
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • Background: white
  • Photo must be in colour, not in black and white.
  • Person must face forward, and look straight into the camera lens
  • Person must not wear any head coverings or glasses (some exemptions apply)
  • Applicant must maintain neutral facial expression
  • Applicant may not have a red-eye
  • Applicant cannot have a shadow on their face, or behind their face

In regards to headwear, people may be exempt from taking their headwear off if they have a religious belief or medical condition, signed off by a doctor. If a person must wear a religious uniform in their photo, their face must be visible from chin to forehead, and from ear to ear. Glasses may also be kept on if they are a part of a person's identity, and if they are identified with them. Frames must not cover applicants eyes.

Where to take a UK Boat Licence Photo?

For pictures to be taken, individuals can use multiple services. Most common place where people decide to take their official document photo is a photo booth. Photo booths are convenient due to their numerous locations such as post office, pharmacies, supermarkets like Asda or Tesco, or shopping centres. Old fashionably, people still use photograph studios due to their expertise and surroundings adopted for official photographs. A mobile phone is now also commonly used to take a photo for an official document. An app allows people to take their pictures instantly at home, without wasting much time or money. App provides tips for any improvements to be made in the picture and allows a retake. Editor within the app also permits changes to be done to the background, red-eye effect or cropping if needed. This is also available in an online version where people can edit their photos online.

How to take a Boat Licence Photo 

To take a photo, a person must maintain a neutral face, keep their eyes open, and mouth closed. A person must be 40 cm away from the camera lens and must face forward. Smiling and frowning is not allowed. Headwear (like caps, headbands, winter hats, scarves, hoods) should be removed for the duration of the picture. The same applies to glasses unless a person wears them daily and is identified with them. Hair or other objects must not be on the applicant's face. In the UK piercings are allowed for an official document if they don’t obstruct their face. 

Common Mistakes When Taking a Boat Licence Photo

Common mistakes for official document pictures include:

  • Incorrect size 
  • Overexposure or darkness
  • Shadows and blurred focus
  • Person is wearing headwear or glasses
  • Person is not facing forward or has their eyes closed
  • Smiling or showing teeth

Last update: 23/05/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Is a UK passport photo the same as UK boat licence photo?

Yes, they both measure 45x35mm in size. Guidelines in regards to photo taking and other requirements also remain the same (including white background, neutral face expression, head coverings and others).

❓ Can I smile on a UK boat licence photo?

Smiling, frowning, or showing teeth is not permitted for any official document. A neatural facial expression must be kept for the duration of the picture. This also applied to boat licence.

❓ Can I upload a black and white picture for UK boat licence?

Picture must be uploaded in color. Person must not use any filters or edit their original picture as it must show clear image of their face.
It is usually not recommended to wear glasses, due to possibility of flash reflection. However, if a person identifies with glasses they should be kept on for the picture.
In regards to clothing, it is recommended to wear daily clothes. However, it is not advised to wear white shirts/tops as they are likely to blend in with the background.
Headwear of any kind is not permitted for a picture, unless a person has a medical condition or religious belief that exempt from taking headwear off.

About the document

UK Boat Licence

To use a boat on UK waterways, a boat licence is required. In order to obtain a boat licence, the only requirement is a boat insurance and boat safety scheme certificate (known as BSSC). Yet, before a licence is issued short practical and written tests must be passed - just like for a driver’s licence. The cost of such an examination is £70, the licence itself is £60.

Private and Business Boat Licence

Licence is split into two types: private and business. A business licence includes floating cafes/restaurants or holiday boats rental. Private use is for own leisure, this type of licence can be purchased in three forms: long term, short term, and gold.

  • Long term: if the boat is on UK waters
  • Short term: if the boat is small, for example, a canoe. Or is the boat is coming from other waterways
  • Gold: this involves all type of licences in one: canal, river, and EA

Boat Safety Scheme

Safety Scheme tests boats ability to meet minimum safety requirements. This was introduced to control pollution, boat explosions caused by equipment condition or boat fires. There are two ways of examination procedures of a boat. First is boat safety general scheme requirements that apply to all private-owned boats and vessels. The second one is the 2002 BSS standards (this apply to industrial, public, or commercial use boats). In addition to general scheme requirements, it must also follow the 2002 BSS Standards. Information about applications for Boat Safety Scheme can be found on their website.

Buying a Boat Licence in UK

There are three places where boat licences can be purchased from. This depends on where a person will want their boat (as there are 3 navigation authorities that govern British waterways).

  1. Environment Agency. This navigation authority controls the Thames, Medway and the rivers of East Anglia. Boats used, kept or let for hire have to be in the registration system and have 3rd party insurance and BSSC. Registration for each waterway must be separately registered online.
  2. British Waterways. This type of authority governs a lot of canals, and rivers, along with Yorkshire Ouse, Severn, and the Trent. Licence is checked by the canal & river trust. The licence can be purchased online.
  3. Broads Authority. This authority controls the largest part of waters: Norfolk, and Suffolk boards. Insurance and safety certificate is a requirement, along with a fee for annual or short visit toll. A free registration with the Broads Authority is also required if a boat was kept in broads for more than 28 days.

In regards to boat information in Scotland, people need to visit the Scottish Canals website.


Third-party insurance is coverage that permits the protection of liability in the event of damage or injury. In many situations, liability insurance is not enough. Yet, third party insurance does not cover a person if a boat is stolen, catches fire or suffers weather damage. Therefore, Towergate insurance is a popular option, offering different levels of protection for every type of watercraft. Insurance cover kayaks to yachts. 

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