Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and other resources can be found here:

Various Forsyth County Boards and Commissions will be meeting via teleconference, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g).  Please click here for information on how to view, access and participate in these meetings.


Georgia Weapons Carry License

License Renewals

           For all persons whose weapons carry licenses show an expiration date on or after February 13, 2020:  (1)  your current license is in effect and does not expire at least through 11:59pm, June 12, 2020; and, (2) you now have 120 days from the expiration date on the face of your license to apply for a renewal.

            A license holder may wish to wait until later in his or her 120 day renewal window.  This will avoid the anticipated initial rush and extended wait time, and may also allow the person renewing to take advantage of a “streamlined” renewal process using the prior photo and signature.

NOTE:  You can save time by calling the Probate Court clerks' office, (770) 781-2140, to request that the renewal application be emailed to you.  This will enable you to complete the forms prior to coming to the clerks' office thereby saving the chore of completing the forms after you arrive.

Renewal process:

  1. Current health guidelines are being followed; therefore, only the applicant will be admitted into the building.  All others including spouses and children will not be admitted.
  2. Security and health screening will be done by deputies of the Forsyth County Sheriff at the entrance to the building.
  3. Additional instructions and application forms will be provided at the entrance and, because occupancy inside the building is limited, it may be required that those forms be completed outside the premises before admittance.
  4. The renewal cost is $30.00, and must be tendered in the exact amount and in cash.
  5. After processing, the applicant will be admitted (alone) into the building for photograph and signature [this step in the process may be eliminated later in the month for renewal licenses only [if necessary facilities become available.]


Because of the health guidelines, and the Sheriff's Office appointment requirements, the procedure will be somewhat different from that used in the past.  

The Forsyth County Sheriff has assigned Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays as those days upon which appointments can be made for the required new license fingerprint background checks.  Specific day assignments are necessary because of other backlogs in background checks unrelated to weapons carry licenses.

If you arrive at the Probate Court approximately 30 minutes prior to the time of your appointment with the Sheriff's Office for the background check, you should be able to submit your fingerprints immediately after concluding the application process with the court clerks.  If you do not make an appointment with the Sheriff's Office, or come to the Probate Court at a different time or day, then you may be required to return to the courthouse square to submit your fingerprints.

The appointments may be made with the Sheriff's Office by calling (770) 781-2105.

Additional information may be obtained from the Probate Court at (770) 781-2140.  This number is also the number you may call to have an application packet emailed to you. This will allow you to save time by filling out the initial written form prior to coming to the Probate Court.

The application fee for a new license is $71.00, and this must be paid in cash, exact amount.  This form of payment is required because part of the application fee is sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for the cost of the fingerprint background check.

Again, the Sheriff's Office days for weapons carry license fingerprint submissions are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Weapons carry license applications are accepted at the Probate Court Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.  The Forsyth County Sheriff will be taking applicants’ fingerprints for new license background checks on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and on Saturdays between 9:00am and 3:00pm.  

The procedure for admittance into the building where the Probate Court is located for new licenses is the same as for renewal licenses described above.

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.