Looking for information on a car registered in Georgia? Wondering who owns that car?
Did you note the license plate number for the guy who just ran a red light? Or the woman that just sideswiped you downtown? Good! Because all you need is a license plate number to run a Georgia license plate lookup.
No matter your reason for looking up a license plate in the Peach State, keep reading because we will fill you in on:
Broadly there are three different ways to search Georgia license plates. Each method provides varying detail about the car and the person(s) associated with the vehicle.
1) Fill out Form MV-20 from the Georgia Motor Vehicles Division (MVD)
The Georgia Motor Vehicles Division (commonly the Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, in other states) is the best place to start for license plate research.
Truthfully, the Georgia Department of Revenue website is a nightmare to wade through. Lucky for you, here are the exact steps needed:
First, you need to navigate to the Motor Vehicles fees, fines, and penalties page.
Scroll down until you see “License Plate/Title/Lien Vehicle Information Printout”.
Clicking that link will take you to a landing page for the MV-20 Georgia Motor Vehicle data request form. Filling out the MV-20 form is the first step to requesting information for cars titled/registered in Georgia.
The form is a PDF that you must fill out and mail to the DOR/Motor Vehicles Division. Yes, you read that right: snail-mail is the only way to submit form MV-20 in the state of Georgia. Seriously, in this day and age?!
Here is the information you can request, with the cost for each:
You’re only interested in the $1 tag/title printout for a Georgia license plate lookup. MV-20, nor the preceding web page discloses the information you will receive, but we know that basic vehicle data only will be provided. No Personally Identifiable Info (PII) will be provided to you due to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).
If it’s PII you’re after, consider hiring a private investigator.
2) Hire a Private Investigator
According to the United States Code/Title 18/Chapter 123/Section 2721, there are certain situations where a licensed private investigative agency or a licensed security service can obtain PII from a Georgia license plate. These certain situations are known as “permissible reasons” in legalese.
Here are the most commonly used permissible reasons to satisfy DPPA:
If you have a permissible reason, consider hiring a private investigator to perform a Georgia license plate lookup for you.
3) Third-Party Lookup Websites
Third-party websites, like LookUpAPlate.com, can help you do a Georgia license plate lookup. While there are several such services, we believe we offer the most amount of free data and an easy-to-use interface.
LookUpAPlate is a nationwide license plate lookup service that is not limited only to Georgia. Our free search fetches the basic vehicle data and allows you to view any community-reported incidents against the plate.
Additionally you can:
Georgia license plates are easy to spot. As you will read below, many GA license plate styles exist, so we’ll focus on the standard plate here. The standard plate is for every passenger motor vehicle that is not used for hire.
Here are the characteristics of a standard Georgia license plate:
Here are the most notable license plate laws in Georgia:
Check all Georgia license plate laws here.
Registering or renewing a license plate in Georgia will cost you $20. That amount seems to be in-line, or a bit cheaper than other states. The same registration fee in New York, for example, costs $25.
If you’re anything like me, you rip at least one of your license plate registration decals. You will spend $8 to get a replacement decal. It will be another $8 to replace your license plate if you lose it, or it’s stolen (you have bigger problems on your hands if stolen!).
Check all Georgia license plate costs here.
Georgia, like most states, offers many license plates to choose from. I won’t cover all of them, but here are 16 different Georgia license plate categories:
Jason Arthur is a data junkie, writer, veteran amateur racecar driver and motorsport photographer. He is the co-founder of LookupaPlate, a collaborative platform to report bad drivers plying on American roads. He is also building a blockchain-based vehicle data marketplace (in stealth mode) and is an adviser to several startups.
Jason has been tracking the automotive industry since the 1990s and has a disturbingly deep obsession with the automotive world, and loves to explore whatever roads he can find. From high-speed racing on the circuit to off-road exploration, Jason has an insatiable appetite for adventure. Jason has written for numerous publications, including Autocar Magazine, Motorsport Magazine, and Road & Track.