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DNR Unwraps Birthday Fishing Bonus for Boat Owners


Starting this month, Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days after as part of their boat registration fee.

It’s a three-day  bonus for the state’s some 300,000 resident boat owners. This offer from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources also covers use of some DNR shooting ranges, plus some other sporting privileges. To take advantage of it, boat owners just have to get outdoors.

When they do, whether its bream fishing on a family ski trip to Lake Oconee, bass fishing at Paradise Public Fishing Area, birding at Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area or shooting at the Yuchi WMA range, they’ll join more than 2.75 million Georgians who fish, hunt, shoot or take part in other wildlife-related recreation.

Boating is a bridge to fishing (a 2010 survey ranked fishing as the second-most popular boating activity). And with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division focused on increasing participation among the core groups it serves, division Director Dan Forster suggested that the birthday offer for boat owners is an obvious one.

“Providing outdoor enthusiasts like boaters a convenient opportunity to participate in a closely aligned recreational sport like fishing is one of the best and most effective ways to recruit anglers,” Forster said.

For Georgia, that recruitment can have a far-reaching impact. In 2011, anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts spent nearly $4.6 billion in the state, a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey found. People involved in the outdoors also are more likely to support land conservation and donate their time to conservation efforts, according to a report by the Recreational Boating & Fishing and the Outdoor foundations.

The birthday bonus is a three-day resident combination license that not only allows Georgians 16 and older who own a vessel and have a valid, current registration to fish in fresh and saltwater for three consecutive days (starting on their birthday), it covers many other recreational opportunities. These include fishing at public fishing areas, accessing state lands where a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass is otherwise required, hunting small game and feral hogs on private land, and using shooting ranges where a WMA stamp or GORP is needed.

The license is good for the primary boat owner’s birthday during the three years the boat registration is valid.

Boat owners must carry a Georgia ID, such as a driver’s license, and their plastic vessel registration card to show proof of a valid vessel registration. Activities like trout fishing, big-game hunting and hunting on WMAs require additional paid licenses. Saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting require additional permits, which are free. Learn more at

Georgia boat owners, celebrate your next birthday by going fishing.

It’s a three-day opportunity from DNR that could hook you for a lifetime.


  • What: As part of their boat registration fee, Georgia residents 16 and older who own a vessel with a current, valid registration can fish, use some DNR sites such as shooting ranges where a WMA stamp or GORP would be required and hunt small game for three consecutive days starting on their birthday.
  • When: Law change takes effect July 1, 2013.
  • How: Boat owners must carry personal ID and their plastic vessel registration card (as proof of a valid vessel registration) when taking advantage of this outdoors birthday bonus. Some activities require additional licenses or permits.
  • Boat registration: All mechanically propelled vessels, and sailboats longer than 12 feet, used on waters of the state must be registered.
  • License details:

DDS Announces Improved Online Address Change Service


Georgia’s Department of Driver Services (DDS) recently announced that improvements to the agency’s online address change program has increased participation – saving thousands of customers an unnecessary visit to their local driver licensing office.

“DDS has improved the functionality when customers initiate a change of address online,” Commissioner Mikell said. “Since implementation, there is a 99.3% success rate for customers who have utilized the convenient option to update their address,” he added.

Before the improvements, 35% of customers were unable to successfully complete their change of address request online– ultimately requiring them to visit a DDS customer service center for service. Under the old system, customers could be notified up to ten days after the transaction took place that the change of address could not be validated. This resulted in an inconvenient refund (if applicable) having to be processed to the customer’s credit card plus an in-person visit to DDS.

“Why come in if you don’t have to?” the Commissioner asked. “Change your address online anytime of the day or night from the comfort of your home or office and save time and fuel.”

To qualify for an Online Address Change:

1. You must be a U.S. Citizen.
2. You must be a Georgia resident.
3. You must have created or updated a DDS Online Service Account after June 1, 2013
4. You are eligible for one free address change per term.

There is no additional fee for the service, and a customer can expect their updated license or ID to be mailed in approximately 5 days. Customers may check the status online to verify when the replacement has been mailed.

To initiate an online address change, please visit and click on the “moving van” icon or access directly at this link:

Georgia United Credit Union Sponsors School Supply Drive to Benefit Local Schools

School Supplies

Georgia United Credit Union has teamed up with Star94 Radio to sponsor a school supply drive to meet the growing needs of students in our local communities. You too can support of this great cause by donating items from the recommended supply list.  New school supply donations or cash donations can be dropped off at one of Georgia United’s 16 branch locations until August 9, 2013. All donations will go to Title 1 schools to aid students and teachers with the supplies they need for the new school year.

Every year, hundreds of children go to school without the supplies they need. Teachers often bridge the gap by paying for these supplies out of their own pockets. Your contributions will help both kids and teachers start the school year on the right foot.  For more information, visit: