Georgia License Plate Lookup

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How To Run a Georgia License Plate Lookup

The process of running a license plate search in Georgia can be performed online. First you will need the full license plate number of the vehicle in Georgia you’d like to lookup. Then you’ll need to have a allowable reason to run this search, as outlined in the terms of this search that you’ll be prompted to select. After you’ve completed those first couple of steps you can view the vehicle information you’re after. You may be able to find license plate owner information, vehicle history reports, vehicle title information, vehicle specifications and options, any major safety issues and recalls. This is a service not offered by any motor vehicle department in Georgia. With this simple to use Georgia license plate lookup tool, any person with a smartphone or laptop can access vehicle information on the fly.

Reasons People Run a Georgia License Plate Lookup

  1. Many people use this resource to verify vehicle information on a used vehicle they want to buy, to make sure the vehicle is what the seller says it is. Does the vehicle have a clean or salvaged title? Has the vehicle been in any major accidents? Does the odometer reading accurately reflect what the buyer says it says? There are a many questions that potential used car buyers need to have answered before making a large purchase to validate they are getting a good value. There are also a multitude of other reasons that people use this vehicle record resource such as safety concerns, finding out if a vehicle has been abandoned or verifying their own vehicle.
  2. Law Enforcement Agencies  use license plate lookups to track vehicles involved in criminal activities, ensure the vehicles are properly registered, and follow up on other related leads. If you witness a suspicious vehicle or a hit and run accident then you will want to contact your local police to file a report and have them follow up on the issue.
  3. Insurance Companies often use these license plate lookup services to verify the information provided by policyholders, calculate insurance premiums, or investigate claims. They have a legitimate business use for license plate inquiries in Georgia and can access a lot more information than the general public.
  4. Lenders and Debt Collectors can use the information to locate assets or for repossession when loans go unpaid. For example, if a person stops making payments on their auto loan then the bank has the right to seize the vehicle since they are the technical owner. They can do a skip trace off the license plate number to locate people that have gone delinquent on their auto loans.

What Can a Georgia License Plate Search Reveal?

When you perform a license plate lookup in Georgia, there’s quite a bit of information that can be discovered, albeit some of it is strictly restricted due to privacy laws. Here are some of the vehicle records that can be found with a Georgia license plate search: 

  • Vehicle owner information
  • History of the Vehicle
  • If the vehicle title is clean
  • Are there any major safety issues or recalls
  • Has the vehicle been in any major accidents
  • Vital statistics of the vehicle
  • Verify the odometer is accurate
  • Accident history of the vehicle
  • Odometer verification
  • Safety and emission inspection records

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A Brief History of Georgia License Plates

Georgia was one of the few east coast states that waited until 1910 to require it’s residence to display license plates on the rear of their vehicles. The slogan that Georgia used on those standard issued license plates said “Peach State” and was used until the 1980’s. It is still possible to get a license plate that says “Peach State” on it but now it’s a customized plate that costs a bit more.

Georgia License Plate Requirements

In Georgia, every vehicle on the road must display a rear license plate  with current tags as well as keeping proof of current auto insurance in the vehicle. There are two categories of plates that can obtained, the standard issue plates or customized GA license plates. The former is required for all passenger vehicles, trailer, motorcycles, and trucks in the state of Georgia. On the other hand, specialty plates are issued for vehicles owned by organizations or groups and these typically cost a bit more. According to the Georgia Department of Revenue, which manages vehicle registrations, there are hundreds of custom license plate options in the state as of 2022. You can visit the Georgia DOR website to find what options are available.

Privacy Concerns Associated with Georgia License Plate Lookups

While license plate lookup services can be useful, they also raise several privacy issues that should be recognized. Here are some of the top privacy issues to look out for:

  1. Restricted Personal Information: The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), and Georgia privacy laws, in the United States, restricts the disclosure of personal information connected to motor vehicle records. This means that while you can obtain vehicle-related information from a license plate lookup, personal data like the vehicle owner’s name, address, phone number, and address is typically not accessible unless it falls under one of the DPPA’s permissible uses.
  2. Potential Misuse of Information: Even with the DPPA’s restrictions, there is still potential for misuse of the information that is available. Unscrupulous individuals or companies could use vehicle details for fraudulent purposes, such as odometer fraud or VIN cloning.
  3. Data Breaches: As with any system that stores data, there’s always a risk of data breaches. These breaches can expose the sensitive information that’s been stored as a result of license plate lookups, leading to potential privacy violations. 


Georgia license plate lookups can provide a wealth of information about a vehicle, serving useful purposes in different scenarios. However, the privacy concerns cannot be ignored. As with any tool that has the potential to invade privacy, these services should be used responsibly and lawfully. Understanding what information can be found and how it can be used, alongside an appreciation of the associated privacy concerns, can help individuals 

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Georgia License Plate Lookup FAQs

Can I choose what my Georgia license plate says?

Yes, you can order customized Georgia license plates as long as you follow the criteria set out by the Dept. of Transportation in Georgia. You will want to start by checking to see if the license plate number or phrase you want is available

What is a Georgia license plate search?

A Georgia license plate search, or lookup, is a service that allows you to enter a license plate number and retrieve data associated with that specific plate, such as vehicle information, vehicle history reports, recalls and accident history, and vehicle owner information for legitimate uses.

Where can I perform a Georgia license plate search?

Georgia license plate searches can often be done online through various websites, including some government, public record, and private databases. Be cautious about which service you use to ensure it's legitimate and secure.

Is it legal to run a Georgia license plate search?

Yes, it is legal to perform a Georgia license plate search as long as it is for a permissible purpose and does not violate privacy laws, such as the DPPA.

Can a Georgia license plate lookup reveal a vehicle's accident history?

It's possible, but not guaranteed. While some license plate lookup services might provide access to accident history reports, the comprehensiveness and availability of this information can vary.

How accurate is the information obtained from a Georgia license plate search?

While accuracy can vary depending on the source of the lookup, the data from reputable sources is usually highly accurate as it is sourced from official records. However, always cross-reference the information if possible, especially if you are making significant decisions based on it.

Can I use a Georgia license plate search to find a stolen vehicle?

While a license plate lookup can provide information about a vehicle, it won't indicate the current location of a vehicle. If a vehicle is stolen, the best course of action is to report it to the police.

Do I need to pay for a Georgia license plate search?

There are both free and paid license plate lookup services available. Free services may provide basic information, while paid services may offer more comprehensive data.

Is it possible to perform a Georgia license plate search anonymously?

Yes, many license plate lookup services allow you to conduct the search anonymously. However, some might keep a record of the search, even if they don't publicly display who conducted it.

Can I perform a Georgia license plate search for any vehicle?

Generally you can perform a license plate lookup for any vehicle registered in Georgia, as long as you have the correct and full license plate number. However, remember that accessibility to certain personal information is restricted.

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  1. squarryadministrator says:

    Betsy, you should notify the police if you feel that you are in danger or being stalked or harassed. Unfortunately we cannot assist you directly with a Georgia license plate number lookup for the reasons you have mentioned.

  2. Betsy Huggins says:

    Have a person taking pictures of me who is tag no.CAG9687 Burke Georgia

  3. squarryadministrator says:

    Thank you for reaching out about our Georgia license plate lookup blog. Unfortunately that is an older Georgia license plate that we do not have information for. You might try contacting the GA DMV to inquire about any information they can offer you. It is uncertain if they will be able to offer you that information or if they archive GA license plate numbers that far back, but it is a good place to start.

  4. Lauren says:

    I was tooling around in some woods the other day wth a metal detector and I discovered an old license plate. I am excited to maybe learn some more about what kind of vehicle it came from (because either way its kinda a classic 44 years later) and also I am in Athens (Clarke county) and the plate I found here is from coffee county.
    It’s exciting to me to uncover a story behind the things I find. All of the license plate lookups stop at 1981. Can you help? The tag was purchased thru 1979, according to the plate stickers.

  5. squarryadministrator says:

    In order to find the history of this registered vehicle you will want to contact the Georgia DOR – Motor Vehicle Department about this. If this is your husband’s vehicle, and you’re also on the registration, you can request the registration history of this vehicle from the Georgia Motor Vehicle Department. Unfortunately our Georgia license plate lookup will not give you the entire history of the vehicle and how it was registered in the past.

  6. Debbie Lemasters-Nelson says:

    1970 GA tag husband purchased for his 1970 Ford F-250 camper special. He was hoping it had previously been registered to a truck.

  7. squarryadministrator says:

    As long as you’re residing in the same state you shouldn’t need to get a new Georgia license plate or Georgia license plate number. You will however need to update your registration information. If you are living in a different state then you will need to contact the DMV in that state as license plates and vehicle registration are managed by each state independently.

  8. M.Alvarado says:

    How long does one have to change their license plate when they move from on county to another? Is it illegal not to do so and if so, what are the consequence?

  9. squarryadministrator says:

    You are correct however it is very common for people to call it a VIN Number instead of a Vehicle Identification Number or just VIN.

    That being said, you are being a little harsh with your verbiage. We try and accommodate what most people refer to when discussing vehicle information.

  10. Thinking Driver says:

    Please, please, PLEASE – Stop referring to the “VIN” as “VIN Number (#).” It’s V.I.N. or Vehicle Identification Number. Why do 99% of people want to say what’s actually “Vehicle Identification Number Number?” People are so sheep-like and brain dead. That’s the same mentality that guides the vehicles on our roads too. Bunch of mindless robots that can’t think… Yes, I mean YOU!

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    That is a matter for the Georgia Police. You should contact them to resolve this issue. Take down their Georgia license plate number and take a picture so you can document the issue.

  12. VANESSA says:


  13. squarryadministrator says:

    Hello Eric,

    Sometimes there are inaccuracies with license plate records. I will send a note to our support team to let them know about this. You can also lookup Georgia vehicle records by VIN number as well.

    Best Regards,

    The Search Quarry Team

  14. Eric Morris says:

    I searched for a tag # on a truck I see often. Georgia UGE073. It came back to a 2007 Tahoe but it is displayed on a 2014-2016 4 door Black Silverado. I’m not certain your records are accurate.

Last Updated: 2023-04-18

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