|Georgia Boating Registration
As the owner of a mechanically-powered vessel, you are legally required to register your boat before launching it on Georgia’s waterways. All motorboats must be registered in the state of Georgia. You can register your boat in the County Clerk's Office of the county of your residence or where the boat is most used. All registered vessels must also be titled in Georgia.
Georgia law requires that all mechanically powered vessels and all sailboats over 11', which are principally used on Georgia waters must be registered before they can be legally used on any of Georgia's public waterways.
Currently registered boats from other states may use Georgia waters for 60 days or less.
Your boat's classification is determined by its length and type of propulsion. The class will determine applicable laws, required equipment and the registration fees you will pay upon initial registration and at renewal.
|Class A Vessels||less than 16’||$15.00|
|Class 1 Vessels||16’ to less than 26’||$23.00|
|Class 2 Vessels||26’ to less than 40’||$29.00|
|Class 3 Vessels||over 40’ in length||$33.00|
The above costs do not include property taxes, clerk’s fees, titling fees or any other applicable charges.
Numbering Your Vessel
Once your boat has been assigned a registration number and decals, you must display them on your boat correctly. The registration number must be displayed on each side of the bow, read from left to right and in a position to be distinctly visible. The letters and numbers must be of a plain BLOCK design, at least three (3) inches tall and of a color that contrasts to the color of the hull. There must be a letter size space or hyphen between letter and number groups:
Home built boats and boats built after 1973 are required to have a Hull Identification Number (HIN). You can apply for a HIN by clicking here.
How to Renew or Replace Your Boat Registration
You must notify the DNR Boat Registration Office within 15 days of the date when: