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Vessel Registration

Bill of Sale for Boat

A Bill of Sale (BOS) for a boat must have adequate information to positively link the BOS to the boat, similar to the example WRD BOS posted HERE.

Owners of Georgia registered boats must notify the Department, in writing, of sale or transfer, theft or recovery, or destruction or abandonment of a boat within 15 days. Additional information.

The following should be on the BOS.

  • GA or Other State Registration Number
  • Make
  • Year Built or Model Year
  • HIN #
  • Length
  • Hull Material
  • Color (primary and trim)
  • Seller’s and Buyer’s Signature

However, WRD recognizes that not all BOS will be this complete. It is a judgment call whether WRD believes the BOS received is adequate to link the vessel to the BOS in a reasonably sufficient manner. Whether a BOS is adequate may also depend on other documents submitted such as an out of state title, a manufacturer’s statement of origin, or other information that supports the submitted BOS by positively identifying and linking data or other information to the boat in question.

A BOS does not have to be witnessed OR notarized, although this is acceptable.

If it is determined that a BOS is not available at all or is not adequate, the customer should obtain an adequate BOS. If a BOS cannot be obtained, an Affidavit of Vessel Ownership may be completed