Georgia boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Georgia. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of
Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Georgia boat registrations are administered by the Department of
Natural Resources in Atlanta. Georgia is a registration only state and does not
issue boat titles. Titling and registration is not required in Georgia for outboard boat motors.
Boat trailers are registered in Georgia but not titled. Sales tax applies on boat
transactions and there is a yearly personal property tax.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Georgia begin with a "GA" designation
which is followed by four numbers and
then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented boats along with
registration sticker tabs.
Boat registration in Georgia is required on all watercraft 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. Registration is also
required for Coast Guard documented vessels.
abandonment, theft, or destruction of a Georgia registered boat
must be reported to the Wildlife Resources Division within 15 days. Georgia has
provisions for removal of abandoned boats, however there are no
specific procedures for registration.
|Ownership and Liens||Georgia does not issue boat titles therefore security interests in
non-documented boats are recorded through Uniform Commercial Code filings. Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database, recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings, shown on state revenue records,
or filed with a county clerk's office. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
|Title Searches||Boat registration records in Georgia are administered by the
Department of Natural Resources. Individual boat records can be obtained through the
DNA's online renewal system in the owner's name. However, this will require the
owner's date of birth along with their personal identifier such as the last four
digits of a social security number or DNA identification number. A complete boat
record database is also available for download to the general public. This is a free
service and offers all records by county or the entire state. The DNA will also
check their records by telephone and verify a registration if you have the
certificate in hand. Record print-outs are otherwise available to non-owners, but
it will be necessary to send a written boat record request form.
Boat Record Request Form
Boat Record Search - Individual Record Search
Boat Record Database - State or county database downloads.
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