Information about the Uniform Commercial Code Georgia (UCC) Central Indexing System
With the passage of legislation in 1993, the state of Georgia established a statewide system for the indexing of Uniform Commercial Code Georgia documents. Georgia became the first state in the nation to privatize this traditional state function by outsourcing the indexing of the instruments to a third-party vendor.
Under the current system, a secured party need only file in one county to receive statewide notification of his lien position. When a filing is presented to a local clerk of superior court, the clerk has 24 hours in which to transmit the UCC document to the Authority and the Authority then has 24 hours in which to add the filing to the statewide index. Prior to 1995, it was necessary to file in all 159 Georgia counties to receive statewide notification. The central index provides secured parties with greater protection while saving them both time and money.
The Authority provides free, statewide access to its database through search terminals installed in all clerk of superior court offices. Additionally, the system was upgraded to allow Internet access by subscription for parties desiring 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access.