Outdoor recreation can play a vital role in protecting our natural resources. When you register your boat, you do your part in sustaining resources that promote safe and responsible use of our nation's waters. Your registration dollars also help pay for marinas, boat ramps, lake clean up and much more.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR):
The GDNR is responsible for regulating the state boating laws in Georgia.


All boats propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Georgia waters must be registered and issued a Georgia Certificate of Registration by the GDNR.


Boat owners must keep their Certificate of Ownership in a safe place.

NOTE On the reverse of the Certificate of Ownership there is an application for the transfer of ownership.


Boat owners must have at least a temporary Certificate of Registration before they can operate in state waters. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Registration please note the following:

  • It must be signed and carried on board when operating the vessel.
  • It is valid for three years and expires on the last day of the boat owner's birth month.
  • The GDNR must be notified and the Certificate of Registration returned within 15 days if the boat is abandoned or destroyed.

If the Certificate of Registration is lost or damaged the boat owner must apply for a duplicate certificate with which a $1 fee will be associated.

Successful registration results in a Certificate of Registration, physical boat numbers and a decal. Boat numbers must:

  • Be affixed on both sides of the bow;
  • Be block letters, three inches high and contrasting with the color of your boat;
  • Letters and numbers must be separated by a hyphen or a space.


For example: GA 1234 BX or GA-1234-BX.. This is a federal and state requirement.
Lack of the correct documentation can result in delays and fines.

Make sure all boats are properly marked and documented. It's important to keep your papers with the boat - be particularly aware when transferring ownership of your vessel. Never carry your title with you on the water; carrying a copy is a good idea.

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