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Apply for Firearms License

Probate courts can issue firearms licenses to Georgians over age 21.

  • When you arrive at probate court, you'll need an official form of identification, your payment, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (if you would like them to mail your license to you). Submit your application at the court along with your fingerprints. Within five days, a county probate judge will request a criminal history records check and a background check on you. About 30 days later, law enforcement will finish its background check and determine whether you can receive a license.

  • County probate judges may restrict state residents with criminal records from getting licenses.

  • If you've been in a mental hospital or drug treatment center within the last 5 years, you must ask that your county probate court judge approve your license application. The judge will seek a recommendation from the superintendent of your hospital or treatment center, and then determine whether it's safe for you to carry a gun.

  • While $75 is an average fee for licensing and fingerprinting, costs vary by county. Contact your local probate court for details.

  • Licenses are valid for five years. At least two months before your license expires, you should go to court to apply for renewal.

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Contact your county Probate Court for more information.

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This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please contact the related agency.