On October 24, 2013, a new state law will go into effect adding a $10 late fee for Georgia boat owners who allow their registration to expire.
Boat registrations are good for three years, and expire on the last day of the owner's birth month in the third year of registration. The new law adds a $10 fee if the registration renewal is mailed or completed by telephone or using the online registration after the expiration date. This requirement will be enforced beginning October 24.
"The 2013 legislature passed a new law that encourages timely registration," says Dan Forster, Director of the Wildlife Resources Division. "Often boat owners put off registration until just before July 4th or other major summer holidays, and the resulting rush create a backlog for all wishing to renew their registrations and for persons trying to register a new boat to use for the holidays. This new law will help encourage boat owners to register throughout the year, resulting in better service for all."
The Wildlife Resources Division mails a renewal notice the first week of the month before expiration.
This law additionally allows new owners of used boats that have an existing Georgia registration to receive three full years of registration at transfer and eliminates the transfer fee.
New boat registrations and transfers of ownership for boats with existing Georgia registrations may be done by mail or telephone (1-800-366-2661). The late fee does not apply to ownership transfers or new Georgia boat registrations.
Boat registration renewals may be returned with renewal form by mail, or done by telephone at 1-800-366-2661 or by visiting the online sales site at www.GoBoatGeorgia.com/boating/registration.
Owners of Georgia boats must notify DNR within 15 days if their address changes from that shown on their boat registration card, or if they sell their boat. Address changes and notification of boat sale may be done by calling 1-800-366-2661. Boat owners can also change their address by logging into their customer account at www.GoBoatGeorgia.com/boating/registration.
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