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  COBB COUNTY 
 


Location:

32 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Tel: 770-528-1922
Alt Tel: 770-528-1930
Court Website: Click Here

Court Information: The hours of operation are 8:00 am through 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, except for county holidays. You must come in person to the Probate Court by 3:30 in order to complete the application and fingerprinting process. The address is 32 Waddell St., Building D on the First floor.

You don't have to pay $5 to park. The Cobb County Central Branch Library is two blocks east on Roswell street and parking there is free. It is juror overflow parking so it is acceptable to park there to attend to business in the courthouse.

Analysis of the user submitted processes Following the Law

 

User Reported Processes

Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: May. 16, 2013
Total Time Taken: 17 business days, 23 calendar daysTotal Payment: No problems whatsoever. They must have resolved wh

Process:

Monday, April 22, 2013, 10:30am. Recent $5 fee increase. $79.25 paid for application/processing, $2.50 paid for credit card convenience fee, total $81.75. Probate court office wait time was about 10 minutes for photo after completing application, Sheriff office finger-prints wait time about 10 minutes. Total time for application process/photo/prints, roughly 35 minutes.

Comments:

The entire process went much smoother than I was expecting.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: May. 12, 2013
Total Time Taken: 38 daysTotal Payment: Very polite and friendly, no wait time, no issues.

Process:

I paid the $5 to park because there were no spaces available on the Square. Once inside, there are plenty of signs telling you where to go. Go through security, down the hall to the right, and to the window. Ask for a WCL application, fill it out, pay $72.25 (I paid cash, but they accept VISA and MasterCard now). Sit for a picture, then go across the hall and down the elevator to the Sheriff's office for fingerprints.

Comments:

No problems whatsoever. They must have resolved whatever issue they were having with the fingerprinting system, because it took less than 5 minutes for me to be called and have the electronic prints recorded. Total time in the courthouse was less than 20 minutes for me. I provided a SASE, and was told 45-60 days to receive the permit. It only took 38 days, and it arrived in the envelope I provided but it was not postmarked. So I'm not sure the postage is necessary.


Type:

Renewal ApplicationSubmitted: May. 10, 2013
Total Time Taken: 30 daysTotal Payment: The actual process of applying was painless, the s

Process:

Only one in the licensing office at the time. Filled out the form, handed over self-addressed stamped envelope and identification, and paid the total fee in cash. If I recall correctly, cards were accepted for a processing fee of a few dollars as well. They told me it could be 45 days before I got my new permit, and my old one expired in 40 days, so I spend the $1 for a temporary license just in case. Photo was taken, I was given a form and a receipt and sent downstairs for fingerprinting. Walked right in, took 5 minutes to get my prints taken, and they told me I'd see my license in about 45 days. I applied on April 9, and just received my new license, with a signature date of May 2, on May 9--much faster than the expected 45 days.

Comments:

Very polite and friendly, no wait time, no issues.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: May. 10, 2013
Total Time Taken: 69 daysTotal Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

I showed up with $72.50 cash and a self addressed stamped envelope. I showed up at 8AM and was back at my car by 8:30. The form has a lot of poorly worded questions.

Comments:

The actual process of applying was painless, the staff was all friendly. About 20 minutes from the form to finishing fingerprinting. As with all court buildings, leave your knife in the car. The problem arose when the clerk at the GBI announced their retirement, apparently they totally checked out and let the email containing my information (as well as 5 other people) slip between the cracks. I called at 50 business days later and asked, and they said they were aware of the issue and were expediting it. The problem was it was "spring break season" and lots of vacations slowed things down. They had my info back from the GBI about a week later, it took a week to get the card printed, and 3 days for snail mail to deliver it.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Apr. 23, 2013
Total Time Taken: WaitingTotal Payment: The staff was incredibly courteous and the process

Process:

Arrived at parking across the street at 7:55am Tuesday Morning, paid the $5. Went through security and was in front of the clerk by 8:05am. Took a clipboard and filled out the application at the long desk. Turned in completed application and paid fee in cash. Forgot envelope, but they had one. Sat down for picture and checked mockup license for accurate information. Went across the hall to the elevator to the basement to get fingerprinted. Signed in and was digitally fingerprinted, pretty cool actually. Left and was in my car by 8:20am. Easy process, everyone was extremely nice from the officer at the security checkin/metal detector to the woman who fingerprinted me.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Apr. 9, 2013
Total Time Taken: 15 to 20 minutesTotal Payment: Had to include a $2.50 service charge for using th

Process:

The cost to apply for your WCL in Cobb County is $79.25, and you may pay with your credit/debit card or cash. I brought my driver's license which has my current Cobb County address on it, which is all you need in addition to a self addressed stamped envelope (if you do not bring one, they will provide you with one, it is the envelope that they will send your WCL in). After you fill out a two page (back and front) questionnaire, you take a picture for your license then after paying the fee proceed directly across the hall, and take the elevator to the basement, where you are finger printed and the process ends. I was informed that I will receive my WCL in approximately 45 days.

Comments:

The staff was incredibly courteous and the process was extremely simple. The most problematic part of the entire process was finding a parking spot, that I did not have to pay $5.00 dollars for. I was informed by one of the women that worked there, that I was the 4,017th applicant to apply for a WCL since January, which is an incredible figure apparently motivated by the Sandy Hook slayings which occurred in December. It appears based on previous postings, that the WCL rush has tapered off at least for now. I now look forward to receiving my WCL. For more information you can visit Cobb County's website at: http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=425&Itemid=253


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 6, 2013
Total Time Taken: just applied todayTotal Payment: The staff was VERY professional and friendly.

Process:

I hate waiting in lines. So I got to the Square at 7:45AM on a Wednesday. Free parking on the Square was wide open. The Probate building was open and I was able to go through the metal detector and then wait outside of the License Office until it opened at 8:00. I was not only the first in line, but the only one there. I left Probate at 8:15 with the office still empty. By 8:30 I was done and on my way to work. There were no more free parking spots open by then.

Comments:

Had to include a $2.50 service charge for using the credit card. Going early eliminated waiting in line. That's the way to go.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 1, 2013
Total Time Taken: 50 minutesTotal Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

Arrived at location on a Friday morning at approx. 8:15 am. To my absolute astonishment, filled out form, took picture and got fingerprinted inside of 1 hour. They seem to have ironed out the kinks on the new machinery. Bring what they require (GA Driver's License, now $79.25, and a SASE) and the process should go smoothly.

Comments:

The staff was VERY professional and friendly.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Feb. 7, 2013
Total Time Taken: 41 daysTotal Payment: Staff at Probate Court and at Jail were very frien

Process:

Went to Probate Court on December 27th. It took about 15 minutes to fill out the application and get the photo. The fun started going downstairs to the sheriff's office for fingerprints. They got a new system a few weeks earlier and it was not working consistently. It took 3 1/2 hours to get fingerprints done. The staff was polite and courteous and they let me leave so I could work in a coffee shop across the square while I waited. Overall, it was as good as you could hope for with such a long time.

Comments:

See above


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Jan. 15, 2013
Total Time Taken: Info not submittedTotal Payment: $72.25

Comments:

New hours are: Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=425&Itemid=253


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Jan. 9, 2013
Total Time Taken: 45 days (Including weekends)Total Payment: I had the misfortune of being there during the 1st

Process:

Fill out form, pay fee, get picture taken, get finger printed at office across the hall down the elevator.

Comments:

Everyone was very friendly there. It took a while longer but I was told that since I applied after thanksgiving due to the holidays I would receive mine a week or so later than "normal". But after the shooting at Sandy Hook, they average 45 days anyways so expect it to take longer if you applied in December.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Dec. 27, 2012
Total Time Taken: 3 hoursTotal Payment: Be sure to supply SSN to speed things up.

Process:

Filling out the form was easy and quick. Accepts only cash. Got a mug shot and was handed a form to bring to the Sheriff's office.

Comments:

I had the misfortune of being there during the 1st week of a new fingerprint computer system, the technician's first day on the job, and the day only one computer was working. I waited almost a solid 3 hours to be fingerprinted - but there was a high volume of applicants. Form, mug shot and payment was under 5 minutes.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Dec. 21, 2012
Total Time Taken: Still waitingTotal Payment: Everyone was very friendly...so out of the ordinar

Process:

Paid $5 to park. Arrived at Building D at 8:45am on Dec 21, 2012. After passing through metal detectors, I walked around to the right to the Probate Court area. Entered room for Firearms licenses. Filled out application, got picture taken, paid $72.25. I forgot my self addressed stamped envelope, so they provided one for me to write down my home address. It did not contain postage, which apparently they will provide. This process took maybe 10 minutes. Then I headed to sherriff's fingerprint office down 1 floor in basement. Here is where I waited 2 hours to get my prints taken. Apparently the tragic events from Dec. 14th have people applying for this license in huge numbers.

Comments:

Although I have not received my license yet, I wanted to tell of the experience today. The fingerprint process was a killer. When I arrived at the fingerprint office, I was about 20-25th in line. When I left 2 hours later, that line was at least 40 people deep. Something to keep in mind for now.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Nov. 30, 2012
Total Time Taken: TBD-told 30-45 daysTotal Payment: Everyone was very friendly there. It took a while

Process:

1. Picked up a self-addressed stamped envelope on the way. 2. Parked in the $2.00 lot one block away 3. Put all my belongings in a backpack for east metal detector passage 4. Filled out application 5. Paid $72.25 and left them with envelope 6.Took picture 7. Went downstairs for fingerprinting 8. Exited in <20mins

Comments:

There was no line to enter the building, no line at the window in the licensing office and no line to get fingerprinted! Although, I was told that it was a madhouse prior to my arrival. I went around 2pm on the last friday of the month. I must say it was quite ironic that the same window serves for Weapons Carry Licenses AND Marriage licenses! I guess you gotta pick your poison :-) Anyhow, the guy at the window was friendly yet efficient. As was the lady that did the fingerprinting.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Nov. 20, 2012
Total Time Taken: TBDTotal Payment: Took a while to apply because there was quite a fe

Process:

$76.25 paid in cash to county probate court. Process is still the same as others have posted. Paid fee, filled out application and had picture taken. Went across the hall to basement for prints. Total time about 30 minutes.

Comments:

Everyone was very friendly...so out of the ordinary for dealing with local government officials. Was told it would be about 30-45 days to issue.

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