Gun Permits 

Gun Permit Applications are accepted Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. For your convenience, you may now schedule an appointment online to avoid a sometimes lengthy wait. You can also submit your application securely online. Within two weeks of submitting your application online, you must appear at the Probate Court to meet with a clerk to finalize the application and meet with the Sheriff's Deputy to be fingerprinted and photographed.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW & RENEWAL PERMITS:

Applicants born INSIDE the United States:

  1. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

    • Applicants under the age of 21 are eligible for a permit if:

    1. they are at least 18 years of age,

    2. they have proof that s/he have completed basic training in the U.S. armed forces, and 

    3. they are currently serving OR have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces (documentation will be required).

  2. Applicant must reside in Henry County. The applicant must present proof of their residence in Henry County which can be accomplished in one of 2 ways:

    1. If they have lived at their current address more than 60 days, their correct Henry County residence address must be on their Driver's License OR

    2. Only if they have moved to their current address within the past 60 days, they can provide at least 2 other documents showing their name and current Henry County address.

      • at least 1 of the documents provided must be a current (within the last 2 months) utility bill associated with a residence OR a property tax bill, real estate deed, lease agreement, voter's registration, car registration, etc.

      • 1 document can be a bank statement, credit card bill, cell phone bill, etc.


Applicants born OUTSIDE the United States:

  1. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

    • Applicants under the age of 21 are eligible for a permit if:

    1. they are at least 18 years of age,

    2. they have proof that s/he have completed basic training in the U.S. armed forces, and 

    3. they are currently serving OR have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces (documentation will be required).

  2. Applicant must reside in Henry County. The applicant must present proof of their residence in Henry County which can be accomplished in one of 2 ways:

    1. If they have lived at their current address more than 60 days, their correct Henry County residence address must be on their Driver's License OR

    2. Only if they have moved to their current address within the past 60 days, they can provide at least 2 other documents showing their name and current Henry County address.

      • at least 1 of the documents provided must be a current (within the last 2 months) utility bill associated with a residence OR a property tax bill, real estate deed, lease agreement, voter's registration, car registration, etc.

      • 1 document can be a bank statement, credit card bill, cell phone bill, etc.

  3. Applicant must provide secondary form of identification. Acceptable documents are:

    • Certificate of Naturalization

    • U.S. Passport

    • Permanent Resident Card

    • Birth Certificate of U.S. Citizen Born Abroad

Applicants who are Active Duty Military:

  1. Applicant must provide a copy of his/her orders.

  2. Applicant must reside in Henry County. The applicant must present proof of their residence in Henry County which can be accomplished in one of 2 ways:

    1. If they have lived at their current address more than 60 days, their correct Henry County residence address must be on their Driver's License OR

    2. Only if they have moved to their current address within the past 60 days, they can provide at least 2 other documents showing their name and current Henry County address.

      • at least 1 of the documents provided must be a current (within the last 2 months) utility bill associated with a residence OR a property tax bill, real estate deed, lease agreement, voter's registration, car registration, etc.

      • 1 document can be a bank statement, credit card bill, cell phone bill, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for a Weapons Carry License, you may consult the information sheet provided below. If you have further questions, you may wish to consult a private attorney; Probate Court staff are prohibited from giving advisory opinions regarding any applicant's potential eligibility.

When you apply in our office, you will be seen by a vital records intake clerk, who will renew your documents, process your application and take your payment. Once this process is completed, you will return to the lobby and will be called in by the deputy for your photo and fingerprints. The turnaround time to receive your permit is approximately 3-6 weeks, if there are no issues with your background check. Once your permit is issued, it is valid for 5 years.

APPLICANT NOTIFICATION AND RECORD CHALLENGE:

Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI.  You have the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information contained in the FBI identification record.  The procedure for obtaining a change, correction or updating an FBI identification record is set forth in Title 28 Code of Federal Regulations 16.34.

Procedures for obtaining a copy of the FBI criminal history record are set forth in 28 CFR 16.30 - 16.33 or go to the FBI website.

RENEWALS:

In order to keep your permit current, it will be necessary for you to apply for a new permit every 5 years. You may apply for a renewal permit up to 90 days prior to expiration, or within 30 days after expiration for a reduced fee. If your license is expired by more than 30 days, you will have to apply for a new permit, and will not receive the reduced fee. The requirements and application process for all renewal permits are the same as if you were applying for a new permit, including providing the required documents.


REPLACEMENT PERMITS:

In order to request a replacement permit, you will be required to provide your Driver's License. You will fill out an affidavit explaining what happened to your permit (ex: lost, stolen). The fee for a replacement permit is $6.00. The replacement license will be the same type license it is replacing. For example, if the license you lost was the older laminated style, that is the replacement you will receive. For further questions, please speak with a vital records clerk.

 

LICENSE FOR FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS:

O.C.G.A. § 16-11-129 (h) Licenses for former law enforcement officers. Except as otherwise provided in Code Section 16-11-130, any person who has served as a law enforcement officer for at least ten of the 12 years immediately preceding the retirement of such person as a law enforcement officer shall be entitled to be issued a weapons carry license as provided for in this Code section without the payment of any of the fees provided for in this Code section. Such person shall comply with all the other provisions of this Code section relative to the issuance of such licenses. As used in this subsection, the term "law enforcement officer" means any peace officer who is employed by the United States government or by the State of Georgia or any political subdivision thereof and who is required by the terms of his or her employment, whether by election or appointment, to give his or her full time to the preservation of public order or the protection of life and property or the prevention of crime. Such term shall include conservation rangers.

 

RECIPROCITY:

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 under this reciprocity program. Georgia currently reciprocates in recognizing firearms licenses with the following states. 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, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

FEES & PAYMENT:

  • New Permit: $74.00
  • Renewal Permit: $40.00
  • Replacement Permit: $6.00

We accept cash, money orders, local Henry County checks (must be over number 500, no starter checks), MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards (card processing fee will apply).

 

FORMS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: