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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 State 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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Georgia Boat Registration
Georgia Boat Registration
Department of Natural Resources

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 Agency The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division administers boat registrations in Georgia.
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 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.
Boat Visitation Period Boats that are Coast Guard documented or registered in another state are allowed a visitation period of 60 days.
Boat Operator Requirements Georgia law places restrictions on boat and PWC operation for those under 16 years of age. In some cases, passing an approved boating safety course allows youth to operate without being under direct adult supervision. Operators are not otherwise required to obtain a boating license.
Georgia Boating Directory Boat Registration Information
Boat Registration Application
Boat Registration Forms
Abandoned Boat Information
Sales & Use Tax Information
Boating Regulations
Boater Handbook
Wildlife Resources Division Offices

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