How Do You Register a Boat in Georgia With the Department of Natural Resources?


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Georgia's Wildlife Division of its Department of Natural Resources provides a registration system for boats online, by phone or by mailing a vessel registration application. The process includes providing personal identification, supplying supporting documents and a hull identification number and paying registration fees.

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Only boats with mechanical propulsion, sailboats 12 feet or longer and boats used on state waters must be registered. Registrations are in effect for three years, ending the last day of the registrant's birthday month in the third year of an existing permit. Payments include a sliding fee based on the boat's length, a transaction cost, a charge if a marine toilet requires certification and any late fees applied if an existing registration expires.

The department site offers a table listing what supporting documentation is necessary under various circumstances. Types of boat documents include bills of sale if new, transfer documents if newly-purchased but used and court orders if obtained in a divorce. The department also requires the vessel's hull identification number, typically obtained from the manufacturer and mounted on the side of the boat. The Coast Guard provides a list of over 16,000 manufacturers with contact information when the hull identification is unknown. If the number is unavailable from the manufacturer, a Department of Natural Resources HIN inspection meets the requirement.

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