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Georgia Boat Registration / Title Forms and FAQ

Georgia Frequently Asked Questions

Georgia Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Georgia
How do you register a boat in Georgia?
In Georgia, Initial registration can be done online, mail, telephone, and by mobile app. Documents may be mailed, faxed, emailed, or uploaded into a customer account.
Where do you register your boat in Georgia?
In Georgia, you register your boat at the DNR - Wildlife Resources Division
What boats are required to be registered in Georgia?
The following boats are required to be registered in Georgia: all mechanically propelled vessels AND sailboats over twelve feet in length that are used on "Waters of this state." For clarity, "Waters of this state" means any waters within the territorial limits of this state and the marginal sea adjacent to this state and the high seas when navigated as a part of a journey or ride to or from the shore of this state. This definition shall not include privately-owned ponds or lakes not open to the public. O.C.G.A. §52-7-3(26). Vessel is defined as every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water or a sailboard, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water and specifically includes, but is not limited to, inflatable rafts and homemade vessels; provided, however, Code Section 52-7-18, relating to rules of the road for boat traffic, shall be applicable to sailboards. O.C.G.A. §52-7-3(25)
What boats do not require registration in Georgia?
The following boats are not required to be registered in Georgia: • Sailboats less than 12 ft. in length with no mechanical propulsion. • Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and rubber rafts that have no mechanical propulsion (i.e., are paddled, poled, oared or windblown) and • Boats operated exclusively on private ponds or lakes.
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Georgia?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in Georgia
How much does it cost to register a boat in Georgia?
To register a boat in Georgia, the fees are as follows: • $15 for boats <16 feet in length • $36 for boats 16 feet to <26 feet in length • $90 for boats 26 feet to <40 feet in length • $150 for boats 40 foot and over in length • $1.00 for Duplicate Registration • $5.00 for Marine Toilet Certificate • $10 late fee for renewal of a lapsed registration (same owner/no transfer). The following transaction fees apply to all applications. • $10 Transaction Fee (Mail, Phone, Online) • $8 Transaction Fee (Online Renewals)
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Georgia?
A duplicate boat registration in Georgia costs $1.00 plus applicable transaction fee. • $10 Transaction Fee (Mail, Phone) • $8 Transaction Fee (Online)
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Georgia?
A duplicate boat decal in Georgia costs $1.00 plus applicable transaction fee. • $10 Transaction Fee (Mail, Phone) • $8 Transaction Fee (Online)
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Georgia?
Georgia does not permit a valid registration to be transferred and instead begins a new 3 year registration under the new owner.
Does Georgia title boats?
Boats are titled in Georgia
Where do you title your boat in Georgia?
In Georgia, boats are titled through the DNR
What boats are required to be titled in Georgia?
All boats that require registration are titled in Georgia
Does Georgia require boat inspections?
If there is no HIN, the boat will require an inspection in Georgia.
What is the sales tax rate for boats in Georgia?
Sales tax in Georgia for new boats varies from 4 to 8%, depending on locality.
What is the sales tax cap for boats in Georgia?
In Georgia, the sales tax cap is 8.5% percent (4% state and up to 4.5% local)
Does Georgia have an annual tax on boats?
Georgia has an annual tax on boats.
Helpful Links for Georgia:
Boat Registration | Department Of Natural Resources Division Boat Registration | Department Of Natural Resources Division

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