Pistol Carry Permits

Applications for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Georgia may be completed at the Probate Court office in the Peach County Courthouse, 205 West Church Street, Fort Valley, Ga, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The fee for a permit is $72.50, cash, check, or money order. The permit is valid for five years. The Sheriff's Office provides no-charge fingerprinting.

When you arrive at probate court, you'll need an official form of identification, your payment, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you would like them to mail your license to you). Submit your application at the court along with your fingerprints. Within five days, a county probate judge will request a criminal history records check and a background check on you. About 30 days later, law enforcement will finish its background check and determine whether you can receive a license.

County probate judges may restrict state residents with criminal records from getting licenses. If you've been in a mental hospital or drug treatment center within the last 5 years, you must ask that your county probate court judge approve your license application. The judge will seek a recommendation from the superintendent of your hospital or treatment center, and then determine whether it's safe for you to carry a gun.

Currently, Georgia shares licenses reciprocity with the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, 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 all recognize Georgia-issued firearms licenses. You should acquaint yourself with firearms restrictions in those states when possible.