Pam Ferguson

Annex Building 3
121 South McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
excluding Holidays

Weapons Carry License

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If you are applying for a new permit, you will need to set an appointment.

Please call 770-477-3299 to set an appointment.

Please complete the information online and set an appointment to complete the process. You are still required to come to Probate Court to complete the process. Call 770-477-3299 for an appointment.

Online Weapons Carry License Application

New Weapons Carry Applications require a fingerprinted background search.

Details about where to obtain a criminal background check will be provided when you come for your appointment. Fingerprinting will not take place at the Clayton County Probate Court.


It may not be necessary to renew your permit at this time. Due to COVID 19 emergency orders, the expiration of Weapons Carry Permits has been tolled or extended.

However you may renew by printing, completing and returning the documents by mail with the proper payment.

Please print and complete all the documents and mail them in with the appropriate fee.



Clayton County Form for Renewal
Privacy Rights Statement
Renewal with Credit Card
Weapons Carry License Application (DPS 445)

Online Weapons Carry License Application


If you have a valid permit in Clayton County issued by Clayton County and it was lost, stolen or requires an amendment, you may obtain a replacement by mail.

Form for credit card payment for replacement
Form to request a replacement by mail
Weapons Carry Petition for replacement
WCL Replacement Affidavit pdf.Application (DPS 445)



Weapons Carry License Information Sheet

Regarding Chief Justice Melton’s Statewide Judicial Emergency Order dated March 14, 2020


            Probate courts across the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend 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

            If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines created by law or rule. Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends. Presently, that date is April 14, 2020. If that date is extended, further order will issue.

            To give you a concrete example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is. A license expiring March 18, 2020, will expire April 17, 2020. The renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020.

            We thank you for your patience in this unusual time. If you have further questions, please call the court and we will be glad to help you.


Pam Ferguson
Clayton County
Probate Judge
121 South McDonough St.
Annex 3
Jonesboro, Ga 30236

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Applications for Weapons Carry Licenses are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 3:30pm. Probate Court is located at 121 South McDonough Street, Annex Building 3, Jonesboro, Ga 30236. The entrance is on the West side of the building. We are located on the first floor.

Please take into consideration that the initial application process may take 10 to 20 minutes to begin; therefore, arrive no later than 3:00pm to ensure ample time to complete the entire application process.

Weapons Carry License Application Fees

Fees effective January 1, 2019

WCL Applications (New Customers) $79.25
WCL Applications (Renewals) $30.00
WCL Applications (RLE-New Customers) $15.50
WCL Applications (RLE-Renewals) $7.00
Weapons Carry License Replacement $6.00
Motion to Reconsider Hearings (RE: WCL APPL DENIALS) $57.00

Cash, Debit and Credit cards are accepted. There is a small surcharge for card payments.


Important Information Regarding Application Requirements

  • Applicant must provide a valid copy of their driver's license or State issued identification card. Applicant’s identification must show that they are a resident of Clayton County. P.O. Box addresses will not be accepted. Should the applicant’s address display a county other than Clayton, the applicant must provide proof that they are a resident of Clayton County.
    • Sufficient documentation to show proof of residency: A copy of a current utility bill or current vehicle registration.
  • If the applicant was NOT born in the United States they must provide a valid US passport or their Naturalization certificate.
    • If the applicant was born abroad and is a US citizen they will need to provide their US born abroad birth certificate.
  • If the applicant has just moved to Georgia, an out of state driver’s license will not be accepted. The applicant must obtain a valid Georgia driver’s license or State issued identification card before applying for their Weapons Carry License. Temporary paper licenses will be accepted.

What To Do If Your Weapons Carry License Was Lost Or Stolen

  • You must provide valid photo ID and a copy of the police report specifically stating that the license was lost or stolen before obtaining a replacement license.
    • If your Weapons Carry License is issued by the Court and was lost in the mail, a detailed police report must still be provided.
    • Please be aware that due to USPS processing times it can take up to six weeks for your permit to be received as returned to the Probate Court. Please take this into consideration before applying for a replacement.
    • Should your Weapons Carry License be returned to the Probate Court, a clerk will attempt to contact you in regards to remailing or holding the Weapons Carry License for pick up.

Retired Law Enforcement Offers (RLE)

Applicant must provide an original letter on agency letterhead stating the dates of service and verification of employment to qualify for the reduced fee. Copies will not be accepted. This must be provided for new applications as well as renewals. A Probate Court Clerk will provide an example letter for reference, if needed.

New vs Renewal?

  • If your most recent Weapons Carry License has been expired for more than 30 days, you must reapply for a new license.
  • You may renew your current Weapons Carry License as early as 90 DAYS prior to the expiration date and no later than 30 days after the expiration date.
  • You must present your current Weapons Carry License when you are renewing.

Please note: Clayton County Probate Court is NOT a GAPS (Georgia Applicant Processing Service) location. Clayton County Probate Court can only process fingerprint background requests for Clayton County residents applying for their Georgia Weapons Carry License.