Georgia state law provides the guidelines on who can carry a concealed weapon. County government accepts and processes the applications.
The first step in obtaining a concealed weapon permit in Georgia is to complete the county's weapons carry license. Some counties will have the form online for you to complete and bring to your county probate office. Other counties may have the application in their office and you need to go there to complete the form.
In order to be approved for a concealed weapon permit, you must be 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen, and free of felonies, drug charges, or weapons charges for at least five years. One other requirement is that a person is free of inpatient mental health or drug treatment program for the last five years. Non U.S. Citizens must pass an immigration check. All applicants will be subjected to a criminal background check and they must have their fingerprints taken. You must be a resident of the county where you are applying for the permit.
When submitting the application, be sure to bring a cash, check, or money order for the application fee. You must bring proof of U.S. citizenship by bringing a passport, certified birth certificate, or naturalization documents. In addition, you must bring a Georgia driver's license or ID card with your current address to prove that you live in the county. Another document proving your address is also required. The county will accept a utility bill or vehicle or voter registration. These items must have your name and address on them. While you are at the county probate court, you will have your photo taken.
Within five days, the probate judge will review your application, background, criminal records check, and fingerprints to see if you are eligible for a concealed weapons permit. If the judge needs additional information, he or she will let you know. Once your permit is approved, it will be sent to the printer and you should receive the permit in another five days.
Applicants will want to be truthful on their application otherwise they will be guilty of perjury.