Raffle License

Raffle License

O.C.G.A §16-12-22.1 requires any entity performing a raffle to obtain a license from the Sheriff’s Office of the county in which the nonprofit tax-exempt organization is located. Fundraising raffles are considered games of chance and are tightly regulated by the State of Georgia. The Sheriff is charged with enforcing Georgia’s Raffle laws.

Operating a raffle without a license or failing to meet the requirements of the statute is a violation of Georgia law and subject to prosecution. Operating without a license is committing the offense of commercial gambling as defined by O.C.G.A. §16-12-22. Conviction is considered a felony and may be punishable by imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years and/or a fine not to exceed $20,000. Any person violating the permit/operational requirements may be found guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor. A second conviction of such an act would be considered a felony and subject to imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Who can Obtain a Raffle License?

The only organizations permitted to operate a raffle are tax-exempt churches, schools, civic organizations, or other related support groups; nonprofit organizations qualified under §501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; or bona fide nonprofit organizations approved by the Sheriff.

What are the Requirements?

The requirements to obtain a raffle license are as follows:

  • A completed application submitted 45-days in advance of any event.
  • 24 months minimum qualification for tax-exempt organization
  • Determination letters certifying your tax-exemption status provided from the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue
  • Lease or rental agreement provided where the raffle is being conducted if leased or rented
  • Application that are returned to the requestor, must be returned to the HCSO within 5-days from the date it was returned for corrections

Raffle permits expires at midnight on 31 December following the granting of the license.

Raffle License Request Form

Click here to complete the Raffle License Request Form.

Click here to complete the Fax Form.

Where do I Send the Application?

The raffle license application can be submitted through the following means:

  • Emailed to dnawrocki@co.henry.ga.us
  • Faxed to (770) 288-7119 (Please include your telephone number to be notified that your permit is ready)
  • Written correspondence or in-person at:
    Henry County Sheriff’s Office
    ATTN: Raffle License
    120 Henry Pkwy
    McDonough, GA 30253

For Additional Assistance

If you have further questions contact Donna Nawrocki at dnawrocki@co.henry.ga.us or (770) 288-7124.

Hours of Operations

Civil Services Office is open to the public from 8am-4pm, excluding holidays.