Obtaining a Small Licence for a fast motorboat or a pleasure craft

If you want to sail a fast motorboat, or a pleasure craft between 15 metres and 25 metres long, you need a Small Licence (Klein vaarbewijs, KVB). You need to take an exam to obtain this licence.

Last updated on 19 May 2021

When do you need a Small Licence?

A Small Licence is required for:

  • a fast motorboat. The boat must be under 20 metres long and able to reach speeds over 20 km/hour. This also includes jet skis and water scooters.
  • pleasure boats between 15 metres and 25 metres long.

Small Licence exam

You can sit the exam for the Small Licence (in Dutch) with the CBR.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Law on inland navigation, Articles 25, 26 and 27

Decree on inland navigation, Articles 13 and 16

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