- All boats that carry any means of mechanical propulsion (electric trolling motor and/or gas motor) and all sailboats 12 feet and longer must be registered.
- A Boat Registration Application can be downloaded from www.goboatgeorgia.com
- You may also renew your boat registration online at www.goboatgeorgia.com
- Register or renew by phone at 800-366-2661.
- Georgia honors all other states’ registrations, provided the boat is not used in excess of 60 consecutive days in Georgia.
Personal Flotation Devices
- A wearable personal flotation device (PFD) is required for each person aboard a vessel. PFDs must be readily accessible to all occupants, in good and serviceable condition, legibly marked with the US Coast Guard approved number, and of appropriate size for the occupants. One Type IV throwable device must also be on board all vessels except Class A vessels (boats less than 15′ 11″ which also includes personal-watercraft, canoes and kayaks).
- Children under age 13 must wear a PFD when the vessel is under way, unless the child is within a fully enclosed cabin.
- PFDs must be worn by each person aboard a vessel in an area marked as “hazardous area.”
Outboard Motor Restrictions
- No motor in excess of 9.9 hp may be operated on the Ogeechee River upstream of State Hwy 119.
- No motor in excess of 25 hp may be operated on Lake Juliette or Lake Tugalo.
- Georgia State Park lakes often have boat and motor restrictions. Check with the Park Office at each park for details.
- No vessel may be operated over idle speed within 100 feet of any moored or anchored vessel, vessel adrift, or any wharf, pier, piling, or persons in the water, or shoreline next to a full-time or part-time residence, public park, public beach, public swimming area, marina, restaurant, or other public use area.
- Recreation boaters in coastal waters please note: Tybee, Sea Island, St. Simons, and Jekyll Islands have temporal (May 1 – Sept. 30) 1,000 ft. safety zones.
- Booze and boats do not mix! It is unlawful to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- To learn requirements for operating your boat, obtain the Handbook of Georgia Boating Laws from any WRD Law Enforcement Office.
- To learn about a boating safety course contact the Boating Education Coordinator at 770-918-6414 or any WRD Law Enforcement Office (see Contact Information & Offices).
See www.goboatgeorgia.com for complete boating regulations.
New Georgia Boating Law!
Residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish for free on their birthday and for two days after as part of their boat registration fee.
It’s a three-day bonus for boat owners. This offer also covers use of some DNR shooting ranges, plus other sporting privileges. To take advantage of it, simply get outdoors and enjoy.
The license is good for the primary boat owner’s birthday during the three years the boat registration is valid. Find out more at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes
Regulations in red are new this year.
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