How to Register a Boat in Georgia

Boating is a popular recreational activity in the state of Georgia and owning a boat can be a great way to enjoy the state's beautiful waterways. However, before you can legally operate a boat in Georgia, you must first register it with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to register a boat in Georgia.

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Documents

Before you can register your boat in Georgia, you will need to gather the following documents:

·        Proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or a certificate of origin

·        Valid photo identification, such as a driver's license

·        Payment for registration fees

·        Any other documents required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Step 2: Complete the Application

Once you have all of the necessary documents, you can begin the registration process by completing the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' boat registration application. You can obtain this application online here, at any Department of Natural Resources office, or at any location that sells boat registration decals.

The application will require you to provide information about your boat, including the make, model, year, hull identification number (HIN), and construction material. You will also need to provide your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number.

Step 3: Pay the Fees

The fees for registering a boat in Georgia will vary depending on the size of the boat and the length of the registration period. The fee schedule for registering you boat in Georgia is listed below.

·        Less than 16’: $35

·        16’ and less than 26’: $70

·        26’ and less than 40’: $140

·        Over 40’: $210

In addition to the standard registration fees, you may also be required to pay any of the additional fees listed below.

·        Duplicate registration: $11

·        Marine Toilet Certification (with registration): $5

·        Marine Toilet Certification (standalone): $15

·        Lapsed registration late fee: $10

·        Transaction fee (applies to all transactions): $10

Once you have completed the application, you will need to pay the registration fees. You can pay by check, money order, or by credit card. If you are paying by check or money order, make it payable to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

If you are submitting your application by mail, send the application to:

GA Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 934943

Atlanta, GA, 31193-4943

Step 4: Display the Registration Numbers

After you have completed the application and paid the registration fees, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will issue you a registration number and decal. The registration is valid for 3 years. You will need to display these on your boat in accordance with Georgia law.

The registration number must be displayed on both sides of the bow of the boat, in block letters that are at least 3 inches high and in a color that contrasts with the color of the boat. The registration decal must be affixed to each side of the boat, directly behind the registration number.


Registering a boat in Georgia may seem like a daunting task, but it is a relatively straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your boat is registered properly and legally. Remember to always follow Georgia boating laws and regulations when operating your boat on the state's waterways.