Weapons Carry License** issued since of January 1, 2012
Firearms License as well as Weapons Carry License*** issued before January 1, 2012
* This is the only license for carry in GA (other than for security guards). The 2 license images you see are for the same thing. If you are looking for a permit that allows open or concealed carrying of firearms or knives with a blade 5 inches or longer and designed for offense and defense, this is it.
** This is the new license format with a completely new design. A company has been contracted to print the licenses for all the probate courts so the new licenses should now all have the same look and not have 159 variations. Whether you have this license or the older style, they are for the exact same purpose.
*** Front and Back of License may not be exactly as shown, aside from county variations, there was a slight change to the license that was issued for a year and a half. The title of the license may be either "Georgia Firearms License" or "Georgia Weapons Carry License" or "Weapons Carry License". The back may quote the old public gathering law (which has been repealed) as seen above or it could just say "Georgia Weapons Carry License" or "Weapons Carry License". They are all the same license and have the exact same benefits. While the Department of Public Safety designed this license, 159 different Probate courts made the actual license in different ways. The court seal could be ink stamped or hard-to-read raised lettering (a laminator presses down hard and might undo the raised lettering... I removed the seal from these pictures). The info on the card could be typed from a typewriter or a filled in on the computer (with messed up line spacing) and printed. Bottom line is if you are looking at these images to see if a card you are holding is fake, it probably will not look exactly the same as these pictures but that does not mean it is fake. In reality, the more fake it looks the more likely it is to be a legitimate license.