Boat Registration Information

All mechanically propelled vessels AND sailboats over 12′ in length that are used on “Waters of the State” must be registered.

(“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.)

Registration is NOT required for the following vessels:

  • Sailboats less than 12 ft. in length
  • Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and rubber rafts that have no mechanical propulsion (for example: those that are paddled, poled, oared or windblown)
  • Boats operated exclusively on private ponds or lakes

You’ll find current forms, additional information and helpful links here:

GA Vessel Registration Information Website