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Boaters can now register vessels three ways
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Forsyth County News
As lake levels and temperatures rise this spring, boats become a more common sight on Lake Lanier.

Boating season is just around the corner, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, which enforces boat registration for vessel owners, are encouraging boat owners to register their vessels early.

Boat owners may register in one of three ways: by phone, mail or online. Registrations are no longer processed or printed at the division’s office.

“Under the new system, users will have the convenience of registering their vessel by telephone,” said Capt. Mike England of the division’s license and boat registration unit.

As he loaded his boat into the lake at Charleston Park in northeastern Forsyth County on Thursday, resident Randall Smith said he got registration out of the way early this year.

“It’s just one of those things you got to do,” Smith said, adding that he had renewed his registration a week earlier.

Boat owners looking to register, renew or replace a current boat registration can visit Select “boating” and “boating registration” to log into the new system.

Purchases other than renewal can be made online or by telephone, but may require supporting mail-in documentation to complete the transaction.

Customers will be issued a temporary document so they can get out on the lake quickly.

A new convenience fee will apply. Boat registrations have an $8 fee for online transactions and mail-in applications and $10 for phone registrations.

The new hunting and fishing license system is also up and running through the division’s Web site,

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