Georgia Boating Information
Registration Questions:(800) 366-2661
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):Registration required after 60 days of continuous use in Georgia
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:4%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:No
Notes:Local sales and use tax also apply
2013 Boating Issues

Governor Nathan Deal signed a new law that will require all boaters born after January 1, 1998 to take a boater safety course. The free BoatU.S. online course satisfies this requirement and can be taken at The bill also requires children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket in a moving vessel, as well as dropping the legal blood-alcohol level for boat operators to .08, bringing it in line with drunk driving limits. The life jacket and BUI sections of the bill will become law on May 15, 2013 while the education requirements will go into effect in 2014.

Boating Law Administrator(770) 918-6408
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:N/A L x 8'6"W x 13' 6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:60'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:1500 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Oversize Permit Office:(800) 570-5428
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

New Georgia Boating Laws

Several new Georgia boating laws take effect July 1st of 2014. These include a mandatory boating education course for vessel operators born on or after January 1st, 1998, as well as a decrease from .10% to .08% in blood alcohol content for a boating under the influence (BUI). You can take the free BoatU.S. Foundation boating safety course to comply with the education requirement. Recreational boaters in Georgia should be aware of these new laws and regulations as they continue to boat throughout the summer and years to come.