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Buying and Selling a Vessel


There are many ways to acquire a vessel. Regardless of how the acquisition occurs, the buyer must have supporting documentation that shows a legal trail of ownership. The buyer is required to have the following documents.

New Vessel

  • Original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin
  • Dealer’s Invoice/Bill of Sale

Used Vessel Registered in Georgia

  • Current Georgia registration card from the last owner of record, if available
  • All Bills of Sale from last owner of record to current buyer

Used Vessel Registered in Another State

  • Transfer Title (if coming from a state that requires titles)
  • Current registration card from the last owner of record, if available
  • All Bills of Sale from last owner of record to current buyer if not coming from a title state

For more information:

Contact the Boat Registration Office at:

To transfer ownership of the vessel to the current buyer, the buyer submits the application, the required documentation as listed above, and the required processing fee to the DNR.

Once the required documentation and fee are received, the DNR will send the buyer a new Certificate of Boat Registration in the buyer’s name.

Applications that remain incomplete after 60 days must be resubmitted with a new application fee.