Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
All boat operators are required to obey laws that regulate your boats registration, operation and boater education.
You must have a Georgia Certificate of Boat Registration and a validation decal to legally operate your boat or personal watercraft on public waters in Georgia. The only exceptions are:
The Certificate of Boat Registration and validation decal are obtained by submitting by mail the proper application and fee. (learn more about applying)
This certificate (pocket-sized plastic card) must be onboard and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the boat or PWC is operated.
The registration number and validation decal must be displayed as follows:
If a boat owner changes address, he or she must notify the DNR Boat Registration Office by mail or phone within 15 days of change.
If you abandon or destroy your boat, you must report it to the DNR Boat Registration Office within 15 days and surrender your Certificate of Boat Registration.
If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Boat Registration, you may obtain a duplicate online, by phone or mail.
Boats bearing valid registration from another state need not be registered in Georgia unless they are used in Georgia for more than 60 consecutive days.
A recreational boat, owned by a U. S. citizen, may (at the option of the owner) apply for a U. S. Coast Guards "Certificate of Documentation" if it weighs 5 or more net tons. Call the USCGs Documentation Center at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.