Vessel Registration

Supporting Documents for Boat Registration

Required supporting documents for boat registration – New Registration and Transfer Registration. A signed Georgia Boat Registration Application is required along with proof of legal ownership. Proof of ownership includes the listed documents in the table that follows. If proof of ownership cannot be obtained, a completed and signed Affidavit of Vessel Ownership form may be submitted by the vessel owner.

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Does the Boat Have a Georgia Or Other State Registration?

Is the Boat New or Used?

Is there a Change of Owner?

Required Documents1


A signed Georgia Boat Registration Application is required in addition to the following documents.

1

Never Registered

New

From Manufacturer or Dealer

NA

1. Bill of Sale or Dealer's Invoice.  

2. Original or Legible Copy of Manufacturer's Statement of Origin released by Dealer

2

Never Registered

New

Purchased from Another

NA

1.  All Bills of Sale in owner’s possession.

2.  Original or Legible Copy of Manufacturer's Statement of Origin released by Dealer and original buyer.

3

Never Registered

New

Homemade Vessel - Builder Registering

NA

1. HIN number. If no HIN Number, then DNR HIN inspection.

4

Never Registered

New

Homemade Vessel - Purchased from Another

NA

1.  All Bills of Sale in owner’s possession.

2. HIN number. If no HIN Number, then DNR HIN inspection.

5

Never Registered

New

Lottery Prize/Raffle or Gift/Donation

NA

1. Legal documents, Statement of Gift, or Winner Notification.

6

Never Registered

Used

Used on private waters or otherwise never registered

NA

1.  All Bills of Sale in owner’s possession.

7

Georgia

Used

From registered owner, from boat dealer, or from another legal owner

Yes

1.  All Bills of Sale in owner’s possession.

8

Georgia

Used

Directly From Deceased Owner or Inherited directly from Owner

Yes

1. Legal documents showing transfer of ownership from owner. See FAQ for list of acceptable documents.

9

Georgia

Used

Indirectly through third party that obtained boat from deceased Owner (including purchase from estate)

Yes

1. All Bills of Sale from Seller and other third parties.

2. Legal documents showing transfer of ownership from original owner to new owner listed on Bill of Sale as the seller.

10

Georgia

Used

Divorce with Decree - Spouse Transfer

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller (spouse owner of boat), or Court Order showing transfer from spouse owner to other spouse.

11

Georgia

Used

Divorce with Decree - Spouse Transfer to Third Party

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Selling Spouse to Third Party, and Court Order showing transfer from spouse owner to other spouse.

12

Georgia

Used

Lottery Prize/Raffle or Gift/Donation

Yes

1. Bill of Sale, Statement of Gift, or Winner Notification from Giver to Recipient.  

2. Legal documents, Bill of Sale, or Statement of Gift from Owner to Giver.

13

Georgia

Used

Government Auctions

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller (Government Agency).

14

Georgia

Used

General Auctions

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller  

2.  All Bills of Sale in owner’s possession from previous transfers.

15

Georgia

Used

General and Lien Holder Repossessions, Bankruptcy, Default on Payment

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller  

2. Court Order or other document giving seller possession and/or authority to sell.

16

Georgia

Used

Insurance Claim

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller.  

2. Theft/Loss Report.

17

Georgia

Used

Pawn Shop Claim

Yes

1. Bill of Sale from Seller.  

2. Pawn Shop Affidavit or Ticket.

18

Other State Registration

Used

For all situations for used boats in 6-18 above with another state’s registration, the documents shown are necessary plus add: 1. Original or legible copy of Title Document if coming from Title State OR original Registration Card if the boat is from a non-titling state.

 

For all situations for used boats in 6-18 above with another state’s registration, a Bill of Sale is not necessary if the registrant/owner is the person listed on the transferred title, or is the person on the title is the owner.


1: If documents cannot be obtained, then an Affidavit of Vessel Ownership may be substituted.

All documents should have adequate information to identify the boat such as hull identification number, length, make, year, registration number, and construction material. Bills of sale or invoices should show buyer and seller, and be signed by both. See WRD example bill of sale.