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Georgia Boat Registration Summary

          Georgia boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Georgia. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our Registration page as shown in the above menu selections. Boat registration services, supplemental forms, and historical research data  are also available from our Services, Forms, and Database pages.

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Boat Registration Agency Georgia Boat RegistrationState of Georgia
Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division

Boat Registration Web Site
Georgia Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 319,871 boats registered in the State of Georgia. This accounts for 2.7% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The registration number prefix for the State of Georgia is "GA". Registration numbers must be displayed on all state registered boats, except those which are documented with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Boat Registration Requirements

Registration is required on all boats except sailboats under 12 feet in length, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and rubber rafts that have no mechanical propulsion (i.e., are paddled, poled, oared or windblown), boats operated exclusively on private ponds or lake. The registration cycle is 3 years. Registration is also required for Coast Guard documented vessels.

Boat Title Requirements Georgia does not issue boat titles, this is a registration only state.
Boat Registration Records  Boat registration records in Georgia are administered by the Department of Natural Resources. The DNA will check their records for a hull identification by telephone and verify a registration if you have the certificate in hand. Record print-outs are otherwise available, but  it will be necessary to send a written request. Boat registration records are maintained indefinitely by the State of Georgia.
Abandoned Boats Georgia has provisions for removal of abandoned boats, however there are no specific procedures for registration.
Boat Tax Requirements Sales tax applies on boat transactions and there is a yearly personal property tax.
Boat Loan Perfection A security interest on a non-documented boat in Georgia is perfected with a UCC financing statement. If the vessel is Coast Guard documented, a preferred vessel mortgage must be recorded with the National Vessel Documentation Center.
Boat Ownership Designations Georgia does not designate joint ownership terms on boat registrations.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may apply for a registration if the boat is located within the State of Georgia.
Boat Hull Number Inspections All boats built after 1972 must have an appropriate hull identification number in order to qualify for registration. If not, an assigned number must be affixed by a state official.
Boat Reporting Requirements The transfer, abandonment, theft, or destruction of a Georgia registered boat must be reported to the Wildlife Resources Division within 15 days.
Outboard Boat Motors Georgia does not title or register outboard motors.
Boat Trailers Boat trailers are registered in Georgia, but not titled.
Notary Regulations Georgia notaries must affix an embossed or stamped seal on all notarized documents.

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