Weapons Carry License
Due to the statewide judicial emergency, Probate Court is currently only handling emergencies and other urgent matters, such as some marriage license applications, in person. All of these are by appointment only.
We are working on measures to enable us to process Weapons Carry License applications before the current judicial emergency period expires, but have been urged to begin only when we can do so safely. Provided that necessary protective equipment is in place, we expect to begin processing new Weapons Carry License applications and applications for renewal of licenses issued by another county on June 1, 2020. These will be processed in person by appointment only.
WEAPONS CARRY LICENSE APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU COME IN FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT. APPLICATIONS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE OR CAN BE MAILED TO YOU. ANYONE ARRIVING FOR A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT WITH AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER DATE.
Beginning on or about May 22, 2020, we will accept, and we encourage, renewal applications for licenses issued by the Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County by mail. These applications may be witnessed by a notary public in the space reserved on the form for a clerk’s signature. According to the Governor’s Executive Order effective May 8, 2020, if your license expired between February 13, 2020 and June 12, 2020, you have 120 days (not the statutory 30 days) after the expiration date on the face of the license to apply for a renewal license. The renewal deadline for licenses expiring later will also be extended if the judicial emergency period is extended.
The fee for a new license is $71.00 to Probate Court and a separate payment of $5.00 to the Sheriff’s Office for fingerprinting. The fee for a renewal license is $30.00 and a separate payment of $5.00 to the Sheriff's Office for local background check. Fees should be paid by check or money order, not cash.
Parties are encouraged to delay any matters that are not urgent until the judicial emergency period expires. If you do feel it is necessary to file a non-emergency action or motion, we ask that you submit those by mail. Please understand that due to a staggered work staff, we will be processing these petitions as we are able.
During business hours we will continue to answer routine questions by phone.
If you are calling about a mental health crisis, contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800- 715-4225.
For questions regarding filing emergency pleadings please dial extension 6325.
If you have a pressing need to apply for a marriage license, dial extension 6321.
Thank you for your patience during this trying time.
Weapons Carry License applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. You must be at least 21 years of age and a permanent resident of Athens-Clarke County to apply. You must provide identification, such as a driver's license or State ID showing a Clarke County address.
The fee for new applicants is $71.00 to the Probate Court (effective January 1, 2019) and $5.00 to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office for fingerprinting. The fee for renewal applicants is $30.00 to the Probate Court and $5.00 to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office. All fees must be paid and the application must be processed at the time of applying. Acceptable payment is cash or check, WE DO NOT ACCEPT CARDS. All applications must have the FBI and the GBI criminal background check. The time it takes to receive the background checks from these agencies will vary. The average time is at least four to six weeks, but is dependent upon each applicant's criminal history. A weapons carry license will not be issued until all background checks are received and reviewed by the judge.
If you were born outside of the United States you will need to bring one of the following documents to support your application;
1) a U.S. Passport, 2) U.S. Birth Certificate for Applicant and/or Applicant's Parent 3) U.S. Certificate of Naturalization.
Licenses are valid for five years. You must surrender your old license at the time of application. We accept cash, money orders, or personal checks made payable to Probate Court as forms of payment.
Renewal applications may be filed up to 90 days prior to the license expiration or within 30 days after the expiration date.
Application for Weapons Carry License