Procedures for Requesting Administrative
Charge Assistance from the State Revenue Commissioner
(Coin-Operated Amusement Machines)
Pursuant to Chapter 48, Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the
State Revenue Commissioner is given the responsibility and authority to license
and regulate bona-fide coin-operated amusement machines in the State of Georgia.
Enforcement of criminal statutes involving the unlawful use of the machines (i.e.
gambling and related offenses) is not within the regulatory authority of the Commissioner.
This procedure is intended to establish guidelines whereby state and local law enforcement
agencies can access the regulatory authority of the Commissioner.
For businesses licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages, an administrative citation
may be issued on a report of the charging official, with the charging official being
issued a subpoena to appear at the administrative hearing. The administrative citation
requires the licensee to appear for a hearing held before the Revenue Departments
Administrative Hearing Officer to show cause why the licensees license should
not be revoked or other penalty imposed. Following are examples of administrative
rules used during this process:
Citation Department of Revenue Regulation 560-2-2-.08 Notification
of Disciplinary Action. Amended
Citation Department of Revenue Regulation 560-2-2-.11 Games of Chance;
Cause for Suspension or Revocation of License. Amended.
Citation Department of Revenue Regulation 560-2-2-.28 Violations;
For businesses licensed for the operation of coin-operated amusement machines, an
administrative citation may be issued on a report of the charging official, with
the charging official being issued a subpoena to appear at the administrative hearing.
The administrative citation requires the licensee to appear for a hearing held before
the Revenue Department’s Administrative Hearing Officer to show cause why the licensee’s
license should not be revoked or other penalty imposed.
Citation O.C.G.A. 48-17-13 Criminal violations; investigations; seizures
and confiscation of machines; repossession; sealing of machines.
Consequences for Violations – COAM
All agencies desiring to take advantage of this program should forward all reports
and other documentary information to the program coordinator listed below. Along
with that documentation, agencies should forward the name, address, phone number,
and fax number of a contact person within the agency authorized to receive subpoenas
issued for the appearance of the charging official:
Scott Self, Chief of Enforcement
Georgia Department of Revenue
Alcohol & Tobacco Division
1800 Century Blvd. NE - Room 4235
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
Phone: (404) 417-4850
Fax: (404) 417-4901
It is the policy of the Georgia Department of Revenue, Alcohol & Tobacco Division
to provide investigative, technical, and administrative assistance and support to
state and local agencies in matters of mutual concern. However, the filing of administrative
charges in such matters is discretionary.
The Application Form and Instructions can be found here