Dealers' Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 57-7-7)

Legal Commentary. This statute makes clear that a dealer can obtain a certificate of number for a vessel so that it can be tested and demonstrated, whether it be on Lake Lanier or Lake Oconee. However, it must clearly be marked with the sign "DEALER." Additionally, the dealer and buyer must remember that there must be documentation during every step of the boat’s ownership. As a buyer, you should remember that you need to have the dealer’s invoice or bill of sale as well as the original manufacturer’s statement of origin if the boat is bought new.

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See the full text of the statute below:

Dealers' Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 57-7-7)

(a) Any dealer may obtain certificates of number to be used only for the purpose of testing or demonstrating vessels owned by the dealer. The fee for the first certificate of number issued to any dealer for each vessel classification shall be the same fee as prescribed in subsection (c) of Code Section 52-7-5 and the dealer may then be issued additional certificates of number for testing and demonstrating purposes at a reduced fee as provided by the board. The amount of the reduced fee shall be determined by the board and shall be a reasonable approximation of the cost of producing and distributing the certificates of number and may be changed from time to time.

(b) Dealers shall be authorized to transfer certificates of number issued pursuant to this Code section from one vessel to another vessel in the same classification.

(c) Any dealer desiring certificates of number shall make application for them on standard vessel registration forms which shall be accompanied by an affidavit stating that the applicant is a vessel dealer or manufacturer.

(d) Numbers assigned by such certificates shall be temporarily placed on vessels within the certificate's class range whenever such vessels are being tested or demonstrated and must be plainly marked "DEALER." Such temporary placement of numbers shall be as the board shall provide by regulation.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1968, p. 487, § 7; Ga. L. 1973, p. 1427, § 7.