New Weapons Carry License

Getting your new Weapons Carry License is a three-step process:

  1. You must submit online a preliminary, unsigned application (along with copies of any necessary supporting documentation) using this link:

    Click Here to Begin Weapons Carry Application

  2. Once preliminary application is completed and you have your ENVELOPE NUMBER, please go to this appointment website to schedule your own appointment.
    NOTE: If you have NOT completed Step 1, do NOT proceed with scheduling your appointment as you will be turned away when you arrive at the Probate Court.

    Click Here to Schedule Licensing Appointment

  3. Arrive at the Probate Court for your scheduled appointment to finalize your application, sign your application under Oath, pay your filing fees and be fingerprinted (if an original application). If your preliminary application or its required documentation is not complete, your preliminary application will be rejected and you will have to start over in its entirety. PLEASE read the requirements on this website for your type of application so you can be fully prepared!
    Walk-ups without an appointment will not be accepted.

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.

If an applicant has trouble with completing their application, you may call 1-800-297-5377 and their customer service will be happy to assist you.


Renewal Weapons Carry License

First know that if your license says it expires on any date between April 1, 2021 and August 29, 2021, inclusive, the automatic extension of your time to renew as per the Governor's executive order is still in effect. To calculate your already existing extension, please see the Governor's latest executive order at: https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2021-executive-orders

Getting your Renewal Weapons Carry License is a three-step process:

  1. You must submit online a preliminary, unsigned application (along with copies of any necessary supporting documentation) using this link:

    Click Here to Begin Weapons Carry Renewal Application

  2. Once preliminary application is completed and you have your ENVELOPE NUMBER, please go to this appointment website to schedule your own appointment.
    NOTE: If you have NOT completed Step 1, do NOT proceed with scheduling your appointment as you will be turned away when you arrive at the Probate Court.

    Click Here to Schedule Licensing Appointment

  3. Arrive at the Probate Court for your scheduled appointment to finalize your application, sign your application under Oath, pay your filing fees and be fingerprinted (if an original application). If your preliminary application or its required documentation is not complete, your preliminary application will be rejected and you will have to start over in its entirety. PLEASE read the requirements on this website for your type of application so you can be fully prepared!
    Walk-ups without an appointment will not be accepted.


Lost or Stolen Weapons Carry License or Name/Address Change Applications

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.


WARNING: FRAUD ALERT

There are fraudulent websites circulating that advertise discounted gun permits that can be applied and paid for online. This is not accurate!

Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses can only be issued after appearing in person at the Probate Court.

NO PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED WITHOUT THE APPLICANT APPEARING IN PERSON AND PAYING THE REQUIRED APPLICATION FEE


Hours to Apply for Weapons Carry License: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
(9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday)

We are currently NOT accepting walk-in or same-day appointments. ALL licensing appointments must be made online.

Fees to Apply for Weapons Carry License

  • Original WCL Application with fingerprinting included $86.25*
    *this fee includes license application fee, fingerprinting, background search and printing of license and mailing
  • Renewal WCL Application $38.00
  • Original WCL Application Retired Law Enforcement $7.00
  • Renewal WCL Application Retired Law Enforcement $7.00
  • Temporary License with a Renewal Application $1.00
  • Replacement fee for a lost or stolen WCL is $6.00
All fees are nonrefundable.

Please note: there will be a 2.75% 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.


Requirements

  • MINIMUM AGE
    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/Ft. Stewart or proof of residency in Chatham County, and documentation showing COMPLETION of basic training.

  • APPEAR IN PERSON
    All applicants must complete an application online and then make an appointment to visit 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 soon to be available at Probate Court for completion of Weapons Carry License (WCL) applications. To complete applications using these public computers and/or from your own personal electronic device, you must have an email address to register.

  • YOU MUST BRING TO COURT:

    • Valid state (Georgia) government-issued ID (driver’s license or photo identification card) which shows your correct name and your current Chatham County address.
      • However, if that current address on your ID is a post office (P.O.) box address, you must also bring two current documents which show your street address, such as your utility (water, electric, or gas) bill, your property tax statement, or your lease or mortgage statements. These are the only acceptable document types for proof of residency.

  • CITIZENSHIP

    • If you are NOT a U.S. Citizen you must bring with you at least one of the following documentation which shows your immigration status:
      1. I-94 Form (ID Card) with an 11 digit admission number that starts with AR or USCIS; or
      2. ID Card that has been assigned to you by Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE).
      Regardless of whether you are a US citizen, if you were born outside the United States you must show a certified birth certificate or a passport which shows your country of birth.

  • MILITARY RESIDENCE EXCEPTION

    • All military applicants must show valid military identification card and valid state government-issued ID (driver's license or photo identification card).
    • If you are an active duty member of US armed forces whose military "home of record" is in Chatham County, Georgia, you only need show a valid state (Georgia) government-issued ID (driver's license or photo identification card) which gives your correct name and your current Chatham County address.
    • If you are an active duty member of US armed forces whose military "home of record" is somewhere other than Chatham County, Georgia, you must show:
      1. orders which station you at Ft. Stewart or Hunter Army Airfield, and
      2. proof of current street address in Chatham County, such as your current utility (water, electric, or gas) bill, your property tax statement, or your lease or mortgage statements.

  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK

    • Read Federal and State laws to determine if you are eligible to obtain a Weapons Carry License:
      O.C.G.A. § 16-11-129
      The Gun Control Act of 1968 18 U.S.C. §§ 921 et seq.
      Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 Public Law 103-159
      WCL Federal and Georgia Prohibitors
    • If you believe you have documentation to overcome or explain a prohibitor on your record, bring that documentation with you and file it with your application.


The WCL Application Process Information

  • 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.

  • RENEWALS
    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:

    • Ten of the 12 years immediately preceding the retirement of such person as a law enforcement officer or
    • Ten years and left such employment as a result of a disability arising in the line of duty and
    • Retired or left such employment in good standing with a state or federal certifying agency and receives benefits under the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund or from a county, municipal, State of Georgia, state authority, federal, private sector, individual, or educational institution retirement system or program
    shall be entitled to be issued a weapons carry license at the reduced fee of $7.00 for an original application and $7.00 for a renewal application. Applicants will be required to provide to Probate Court proof of retirement in good standing (e.g., badge, original on law enforcement agency letterhead). O.C.G.A. §16-11-129(h)

  • LOST OR STOLEN WEAPONS CARRY LICENSE
    If your license is lost, damaged, or stolen, you may obtain a replacement by completing the appropriate forms. You must report such loss or damage to this court within 48 hours of discovering it. If your license is damaged, you should bring it with you.
    Replacement fee: $6.00 Cash, Debit, or Credit Card

  • DENIALS
    If the permit is denied, there is NO REFUND.

  • REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF A DENIAL AND HEARING
    If you have received a denial of your application and wish to file a motion for reconsideration, please complete a Motion for Reconsideration Request for Hearing, with the filing fee of $30.00.

    Click Here to Download the Form for Motion for Reconsideration Request for Hearing

    Once form is completed, please mail in with the fees to:

  • GUN SAFETY CLASSES
    Information on gun safety classes is available by contacting the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

  • STATES ENTITLED TO FIREARM RECIPROSITY
    Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia*, West Virginia, Wisconsin* and Wyoming.

    *Virginia and Wisconsin recognize only those Georgia licenses issued to persons 21 years of age or older; Georgia recognizes all Virginia and Wisconsin licenses.

    As always, Georgia firearms permit holders should familiarize themselves with the individual requirements and limitations on firearms permits in any of the reciprocating states where they wish to exercise their rights.

    Attorney General Chris Carr Adds Virginia to List of States Entitled to Georgia’s Firearm License Reciprocity


If you have any further questions specific to Weapons Carry Licenses, please call (912) 652-7264 Option 3