As a result of new legislation (Senate Bill 319), Georgia no longer requires a lawful weapons carrier who is a Georgia resident to hold a valid weapons carry license to carry a concealed weapon within Georgia.
Nevertheless, there are several advantages to holding a weapons carry license that you may consider when deciding to apply or renew. For more information:
Reasons to Hold a Valid Weapons Carry License .
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Getting your new Weapons Carry License is a three-step process:
Make sure that you plan to arrive at the Probate Court five minutes early. There are often delays caused by parking and screening at the entrance to the courthouse. If you are more than 5 minutes late, your appointment will be forfeited and you will need to reapply.
Probate Court does not accept personal checks. You will need to pay with a credit or debit card or have a money order or cashier's check in the exact amount when you complete the process at Probate Court.
Getting your Renewal Weapons Carry License is a three-step process:
To apply for a replacement weapons carry license that has been stolen or lost, please complete the form below, print and then click the appointment link below to schedule your visit to the Probate Court.
To apply for a replacement weapons carry license due to a change of name or address, please complete the form below, print and click the appointment link below to schedule your visit to the Probate Court.
Please note: there will be a 5% service fee assessed to any credit/debit card transaction.
Probate Court accepts credit card, debit cards, money orders or cashier's checks (in the exact amount) for Marriage Licenses and Weapons Carry Licenses. Probate Court does not accept checks for Marriage Licenses and Weapons Carry Licenses.
To apply for a firearms license in this court, you must be 21 years of age or older and be a resident of Chatham County. If the applicant is AT LEAST 18, has completed basic training in the armed forces of the United States AND provides proof that he or she is actively serving or has been honorably discharged they may be issued a license if no other prohibitors apply.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, the following documents are required for application: an active duty ID card, copy of orders to Hunter Army Airfield or proof of residency in Chatham County, and documentation showing completion of basic training.
APPEAR IN PERSON
All applicants must appear in person complete an application in the Probate Court which is located in Room 509 of the Chatham County Courthouse at 133 Montgomery Street, Savannah, Georgia Map & Directions
Public computers are available at Probate Court for completion of Weapons Carry License (WCL) applications. To complete applications using these public computers, you must have an email address to register. Paper applications are available for persons with limited computer skills.
YOU MUST BRING TO COURT:
MILITARY RESIDENCE EXCEPTION
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LICENSES ISSUED BY ANOTHER COUNTY:
Applications made by a license holder whose current or previous license was issued by another county will be subjected to verification by previous court. If there are any discrepancies, the applicant may be subject to fingerprinting again.
Weapons Carry Licenses are valid for five (5) years unless revoked by Court order. All permits will be sent to you by mail at the address you provide in the application.
Applications made 90 days prior to the expiration of the current license or within 30 days after expiration of the previous license shall be considered renewal licenses according to the guidance document. The cost of a renewal is $38.00 and you must complete an application in Probate Court. If you are applying for a renewal the following documents are required for application: Driver's license or state ID card issued by Chatham County, and your existing Georgia weapons carry permit.
RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (RLE)
Any person who has served as a law enforcement officer in Georgia or Federal Government for at least:
If the permit is denied, there is NO REFUND.
APPEALS AND REQUESTS FOR HEARING
If you have received a denial of your application and wish to file an appeal for a hearing, the request must be in writing and the filing fee is $30.00.
GUN SAFETY CLASSES
Information on gun safety classes is available by contacting the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.
If you have any further questions specific to Weapons Carry Licenses, please call (912) 652-7264 Option 3