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 two to three 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.