Gone Outdoors

How to Register a Boat Trailer in Georgia

by Will Charpentier

If you have a boat trailer in Georgia, it needs to have a Georgia license plate on its stern. The process of registering your boat trailer can be completed in more than one way but, while the form you need is online, the process is not. Registering a boat trailer in Georgia may look difficult on paper, but as you go through the process, it's less onerous than tagging a car.

1. Complete a Georgia Form MVD-1, Application for Registration. The form is available online and must be typewritten, completed on a computer, or legibly printed, and signed before submission.

2. Ask a Georgia police officer or county tag agent to complete a Form-22B, a certificate of inspection. The person who completes this form will copy the trailer serial number and contact the Georgia Crime Information Center to ensure the trailer is not stolen, then make a note on the Form-22B that the serial number was queried.

3. Mail or hand deliver the completed Forms MVD-1 and 22B to the county tag agent in the county where the trailer will reside. If the forms are hand delivered, be ready to present a Georgia driver's license or Georgia state identification card. No insurance is required on a boat trailer but if the trailer is coming from out of state, you need to submit the original out-of-state title or an original bill of sale for the trailer.

Items you will need
  • Form MVD-1
  • Form T-22B
  • Georgia driver's license or Georgia state identification card
  • Out-of-state title or original bill of sale


  • You have 30 days from the date of purchase, or the date you bring the trailer into the state, to register your trailer and put on Georgia plates, whether you've just moved to Georgia or you are already a Georgia resident.
  • A vehicle title is not required for a boat trailer.

About the Author

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.

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