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Affixing inventory barcodes to acquisitions

    • Last Updated: 05/27/2016
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    Policy Statement
    The University of Georgia is required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and state and federal regulations to inventory and track assets.  Assets are acquired from a variety of sources.
    Reason for policy
    This policy is to show how to track property owned by or in the possession of UGA and to comply with state and federal guidelines.
    To aid in identifying and controlling equipment, Property Control will assign a University identification number to each item. This decal will be placed in a conspicuous place on the equipment by Property Control personnel. Equipment items in the custody of University units located outside of Athens-Clarke county will be assigned identification numbers as outlined above. The placement of decals on the equipment will be performed by employees located in the outlying units. Decals will be mailed by Property Control with instructions.
    Additional contacts
    Property Control Office, 706-542-4390,

    Responsible University Senior Administrator:Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Responsible University Administrator: Associate Vice President & Controller

    Policy Owner:UGA Property Control

    Policy Contact:Craig Mathews

    Phone Number: 706-542-4390

    Record Retention

    For all assets all documentation should be retained for 5 years after disposition of equipment. [0472-01-005]


    How can I get a laptop or some other item tagged with a barcode tag before payment is made so that I can take it off campus?

    You will need to call the Property Control Office and provide the order number to arrange this service. 

    My department has had a piece of equipment for more than a week. When will it receive a property decal?

    Information on newly acquired equipment is not provided to the Property Control Office until payments have been made to the vendor for the equipment. If your newly acquired equipment has not been tagged within a reasonable amount of time please call the Property Control Office with the order number so that Property Control personnel can check on the status of the payment to the vendor.  If payment has not been made and the item needs to be tagged we will make arrangements to do so prior to the vendor being paid.

    I recently purchased an item over $3000, and it was shipped directly to my department without a property decal on it. How do I get an inventory number assigned and affixed?

    Typically, copies of the purchase order for items costing $3,000 or more are forwarded to the Property Control Office, and Control numbers are issued for these items.   If you wish to have an item decaled early, particularly to meet the requirements for off campus use, please call 706-542-6987 to schedule a time to decal.  Expect to receive a visit from one of our Property Control staff members who will verify the receipt of the equipment by checking serial numbers, model designations, and any other features which will help in clearly matching the item received with the description on the paperwork.

    If I purchase a printer, computer, scanner, iPod, or camera for less than $500.00, does it need a University Control number and decal?

    Printers, computers, scanners, iPods, and cameras, along with projectors and other audiovisual equipment fall into a category known as “controlled items.”  The threshold for placing a property decal on controlled items is $500.00 and above.  Thus, items in this category falling below $500.00 in purchase cost will not be decaled unless requested by Departmental personnel.

    What is a University of Georgia Control number? What is a property decal?

    A Control number is a unique six-digit numerical identifying number which serves as the “key” field in the University of Georgia’s Property Control Office database of equipment inventory.  No other piece of equipment inventory will have this number, and this number will be used only once.  The Control number is also known as the “UGA number,” the “barcode number,” the “decal number,” or the “inventory number".  A property decal is a metallic strip containing a barcode and a unique “Control number.” Above the barcode are the words “University of Georgia.”