Which Boats Require Registration?
Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Georgia, you must have a Georgia Certificate of Boat Registration and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on public waters in Georgia. The only exceptions are:
- Sailboats under 12 feet in length
- Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and rubber rafts that have no mechanical propulsion (i.e., boats that are paddled, poled, rowed, or windblown)
- Vessels operated exclusively on private ponds or lakes
- Vessels registered in other states and using Georgia waters for 60 days or less