Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and closures can be found here: Forsythco.com/COVID-19  This page also contains links to state and national resources and information regarding the statewide Shelter in Place order.

Georgia Weapons Carry License

Probate Courts in Georgia have temporarily suspended acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency. That Order may be found at https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CJ-Melton-amended-Statewide-Jud-Emergency-order.pdf

If your weapons carry license expiration date is during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines described in the order. You will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends. Presently, that date is April 14, 2020. If that date is extended, another order will issue.


To give you an example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is. A license originally expiring March 18, 2020, will now expire April 17, 2020. The renewal deadline will also extend, to May 17, 2020.  Those dates will shift to later dates if the April 14th date is extended.

New applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless an exception applies) and be a resident of Forsyth County. He or she must present identification in an approved form, and submit a $71.00 fee payable in cash only to the Probate Court of Forsyth County.

Different requirements exist for timely renewal applications, and for applications to replace lost or destroyed licenses originally issued by Forsyth County Probate Court. 

Call the Probate Court office at 770-781-2140 for more information.

Marriage License


Until further notice, applicants for marriage licenses must be screened by telephone prior to entry into the building for security check.  The scheduled wedding must be within 14 days of the application.  Only the two applicants are to be admitted into the building.  Please call the Probate Court office at (770) 781-2140 to speak with a clerk upon your arrival at the entrance to the building.  If you are cleared for entry, the clerk will meet you at the security screening station.

Requirements: Both parties must appear with valid ID (driver's license or birth certificate). If divorced, it is not necessary for you to bring in a copy of your final decree of divorce; however, you should have a certified copy of the final decree in your records. Occasionally, a person believing himself or herself to be divorced will discover that such is not the case because someone forgot to obtain, or file, the final decree.

The license fee is $56.00 payable by cash or check. The fee is reduced to $16 upon presentation of the Court form certifying pre-marital counseling. The form and requirements may be obtained from the Probate Court office in person.

Applicants must be at least 18 to apply without parental consent. For age 17, special rules apply.  Please call the Probate Court office at 770-781-2140 for more information.

Contact Us

 Address: 100 West Courthouse Square, Suite 008 Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2140
 Fax: 770-886-2839
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

Probate Court has exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians for minors and incapacitated adults, and appointment of conservators for minors and incapacitated adults. Issues marriage licenses, firearms applications, birth and death certificates and processes passport applications. The Probate Court of Forsyth County is now an "Article 6" or "expanded jurisdiction" Probate Court. Appeals from The Probate Court of Forsyth County are no longer to Superior Court. All appeals are directly to the Georgia Supreme Court or to the Georgia Court of Appeals.