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  DEKALB COUNTY 
 


Location:

DeKalb County Courthouse Annex
556 North McDonough Street
Room B190
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Tel: 404-371-2718
Court Website: Click Here

Court Information: 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays

Police fingerprinting done by appointment. You will need to call 404-294-2209 to set one up.

Analysis of the user submitted processes In many cases the court takes longer than legally allowed to issue the license.

 

User Reported Processes

Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Apr. 14, 2013
Total Time Taken: 62 DaysTotal Payment: The staff was extremely friendly. There were 2 peo

Process:

Upon moving to Georgia, I went to the Dekalb courthouse to apply for my CCW, even before I had my Georgia driver's license (priorities people!). All the info I had read only says a "State Driver's License" is required along with a copy of a lease or utility bill if the address on your DL isn't updated, so I had my valid Florida DL, current Georgia lease and my non-US passport with all immigration paperwork. The clerk didn't seem to mind/notice but when she had a question about my lease she took everything to a back room to ask someone. The person she spoke with said the DL had to be from Georgia so I was initially denied but was now motivated to get my Georgia DL. After getting my Georgia DL (just the temporary paper license) I went back to the courthouse and started the process again. The clerk asked me if I was a US Citizen and I replied no, as I only have a Green Card but that still qualifies me for a CCW. She looked confused for a second but I quickly pointed out to her that I had completed the necessary info on the form for green card holders. I assume she hasn't processed many applications for non-citizens but I knew I was legally allowed to apply. I completed the process about fifteen minutes before closing for the weekend so I didn't have time to make it to the police station to get fingerprinted. The following Monday was a holiday so I had to wait until Tuesday to get my prints taken. The next week I showed up at the police station about five minutes before their scheduled lunch. The cop behind the window took my money, again asked me if I was a citizen (and also seemed unsure when I mentioned the green card) and made copies of all of my ID. Right after I paid they closed the blinds to the cashier and put up signs saying they were closed for two hours. No mention to me if I would be printed now, since I already paid, or would have to wait until after lunch. I hung out for about ten minutes and watched all the hookers & strippers who were there to get their "business" licenses from the same office and was called back to get printed. The guy who took my prints also asked if I was a US Citizen and like the others was a little confused when I said no. By now I was fully expecting to get a letter in the mail denying my CCW for not being a US Citizen as everyone involved in the process this far either didn't know or care about the law. I checked the mail daily for over eight weeks and FINALLY received the CCW. The guy who took my prints said that it could take up to six months but that most people received their card within a couple of weeks. I figured it would take a little longer as they probably wanted to check my immigration status with Homeland Security however my Florida CCW only took about two weeks to receive (and I know Florida checked with DHS about me) when I lived there so I was surprised & annoyed that Georgia took so long.

Comments:

Aside from nobody knowing that you do not need to be a US Citizen to get your CCW, everyone was very nice, friendly and professional. There's a fairly expensive parking lot across from the main entrance to the courthouse. However, there is plenty of metered street parking within a few blocks which is much cheaper.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 29, 2013
Total Time Taken: Info not submittedTotal Payment: Applying for my permit at the Probate Court was ea

Process:

Cash was only accepted. Fee was $77.25. I did this on a Friday and they mentioned that fingerprinting is not available to be done on Fridays. I'll take care of that next week.

Comments:

The staff was extremely friendly. There were 2 people in front of me. After taking my info, they provided me an application. Entire process took 15 minutes.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 12, 2013
Total Time Taken: 6 weeks and still waiting...Total Payment: I filed for my permit and completed the fingerprin

Process:

Paid $70.25 in cash for permit application. Only waited around 30 minutes at the probate court, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The fingerprinting facility was another story... They were not friendly at the front desk, but the person doing the actual prints was nice. I waited about 45 minutes total at the facilityand paid $4 cash. The biggest problem is that the fingerprinting hours are inconvenient since they are 8am-11am, and 1pm-4pm. The facility is also very run down, and filled with many scary people. I did not feel safe going there alone (despite law enforcement presence).

Comments:

Applying for my permit at the Probate Court was easy and enjoyable. I honestly do not understand why they make you go to another facility 4 miles away in a scary part of town to get fingerprinted. I suggest that ladies do not go alone.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 8, 2013
Total Time Taken: Over 50 daysTotal Payment: The process was fine. I read on the board that the

Process:

Application fee is $70.25, fingerprinting is $5, parking at courthouse was $6 and parking at public safety complex was $3. Total time for application, fingerprinting driving between two locations and walking to early voting polling station to vote was about than 3 hours. Lines can be long and all staff are, well, typical government workers. . .

Comments:

I filed for my permit and completed the fingerprinting on 1/17/2013. It is 3/8/2013 and I still haven't received anything. I called the probate court at 404-371-4962 and inquired about my license. The woman I spoke with indicated that my permit had been approved, but it was sent for printing. She indicated that I should receive the license via mail in two weeks. . .


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Mar. 7, 2013
Total Time Taken: 8 weeks total.Total Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

I went to the probate court office for marriage and pistol licenses, in the basement, and paid $70.25 (cash) for the license. Took 10 min to complete with no line. Then went to the police records office and waited about 45 min to get fingerprints done for $5 cash.

Comments:

The process was fine. I read on the board that they are supposed to deliver the license within about 6 weeks max. So, I called the probate court office to inquire. Got transferred to voice mail about 6 times. Finally, I asked the operator not to transfer me to voice mail again and give me a real person. I got a real person right away. I informed them that it has been about 7 weeks since I had applied, they told me it would be another 3 weeks. When I mentioned that it was my understand that it is supposed to be done within 6 weeks, she corrected me and said that it takes 2 to 3 months. However, after making that phone call, my license has miraculously arrived with 7 days. :-)


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Feb. 6, 2013
Total Time Taken: Over 6 weeks. Still pending.Total Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

The process at the court and police office was professional and efficient. However, I have now waited over 6 weeks. The GA Code was changed with a 30 day period and another 5 day period. Plus, there is a Writ of Mandamus procedure to force the municipality to follow the law or otherwise pay reasonable attorney's fees. If the license does not come soon, I guess I will have to follow Marbury's example (from Marbury v. Madison) and file the Writ of Mandamus to have the DeKalb officials follow the law. Good thing the Writ of Mandamus was on the bar exam when I took it. However, it is too bad for DeKalb if I act pro se and request attorney's fees at my bill rate. The legislative purpose of change to the law in shortening the processing time, specifying the Writ of Mandamus, and waiving Sovereign Immunity to allow collection of attorney's fees against the municipality is to encourage the municipality not to flaunt the Georgia law. Some municipalities just seem recalcitrant in violating the state legislature's laws.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Oct. 30, 2012
Total Time Taken: Info not submittedTotal Payment: Friendly Staff, Walked right in no wait time, then

Process:

Fill out application & pay $70.25 at probate office. Takes about 5 minutes, including informing the clerk that the form misspelled the word "superseded". They will take a photograph with the application. Go to the public safety building about 4 miles away and get fingerprinted. Officially you have to make an appointment for this but I simply went there about 9:30 on a Tuesday morning and was called less than 5 minutes later and on my way out 5 minutes after that. Bring cash for everything.

Comments:

Application fee is $70.25, fingerprinting is $5, parking at courthouse was $6 and parking at public safety complex was $3. Total time for application, fingerprinting driving between two locations and walking to early voting polling station to vote was less than 2 hours. Officially, permits take 60 days. The officer at public safety building (fingerprinting) said they are frequently turned around in 14 days, but I can't count on it. My advice is arrive early; the probate office at the courthouse opens at 08:00. Everyone I encountered at both locations was efficient and professional.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Oct. 30, 2012
Total Time Taken: 2hrs, waiting for licenseTotal Payment: You should be able to find free parking around dow

Process:

Cash only, both places,$70.25 to process the application and $5.00 for fingerprints, took a little longer to do prints, I went at 1pm on a thursday.. went pretty fast about 40mins top, but the entire process to about 2 hrs..Thats because I was on the busline

Comments:

Friendly Staff, Walked right in no wait time, then had to travel to Dekalb, which is a waste of time, just have everything there, didnt call in for a fingerprints, but I did notice a sign that said these are live finger prints , so be there no later than 2pm..even thought the fingerprint times last until 3pm mon-thursdays only. Officer doing the fingerprinting said it can take anywhere between two weeks and 2 months times varies, just depends


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Oct. 23, 2012
Total Time Taken: 30 minutes for processTotal Payment: Wife and I went together, took us about three hour

Process:

Paid $70.25 in exact cash to Probate Court, $5 for fingerprints. I was told it could take 2-4 months or 10-14 business days to receive the license. Like another poster below, I went ahead and updated my driver's license with my DeKalb County address before taking care of the pistol license. I got done at the Probate Court at 10:45 AM, so I had to wait until 1pm to get the fingerprints done.

Comments:

You should be able to find free parking around downtown Decatur for the Probate Court. For the fingerprints, I parked across the street near the emissions testing area because there is a huge parking lot there.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Oct. 14, 2012
Total Time Taken: 40 daysTotal Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

Go to probate court, fill in form, answer questions, get photo taken, pay fee. Go to police for prints--separate queue minimizes waits on fingerprinting. Cash payments at both locations.

Comments:

Wife and I went together, took us about three hours of contact, waiting and inter-office transportation time. Court personnel friendly, nearly giddy. Police professional and efficient. We did get tangled up in the long lunch "hour" for fingerprinting. Both my and my wife's license arrived the same day.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Oct. 6, 2012
Total Time Taken: 5 weeksTotal Payment: Everyone was very friendly in both locations. Real

Process:

Application process was fairly straightforward. The pistol license person wasn't in yet so the marriage license lady filed my application. Very friendly and helpful. The whole first step takes less than an hour so I'd recommend parking at a meter instead of paying the 6 bucks in the deck attached to the courthouse. The folks at the police station were a little less friendly, but they were very professional. No appointment necessary, but they do close down for lunch every day (I think from 11-1). The entire process, including the drive from the courthouse to the police station took about an hour.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Sep. 26, 2012
Total Time Taken: Application: 15min, Fingerprint: 15minTotal Payment: A couple of tips... Getting there early is a good

Process:

Application: Cash only, no one in line (noon on a Wednesday), took 15 minutes and cost $70.25 plus ~$1 to park in a metered spot. Fingerprinting: Cash only, one person in line in front of me (~1:30pm on Wednesday), took 15 minutes and cost $5 plus $3 to park.

Comments:

Everyone was very friendly in both locations. Really had no waits or complaints. Officer stated that it could take between 2-6 months to get the license, but he had seen it take as little as 14 days in some cases.


Type:

Renewal ApplicationSubmitted: Sep. 11, 2012
Total Time Taken: Info not submittedTotal Payment: Info not submitted

Process:

Arrived at the Probate Court five minutes before it opened on a Tuesday. Was the first in line and completed the renewal application form, had my photo taken, paid $71.25 (the extra $1 was for a temporary license) and was out the door in 20 minutes. The staff was very friendly, knew exactly what they were doing and went to great effort to make sure all the forms were completed and that names were spelled correctly. I then headed directly over to the DeKalb County Police Department (DeKalb County Public Safety Building, 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur, GA) for fingerprinting. I was the only person in line at 8:45AM, paid my $5, had my fingerprints taken via LiveScan, and was back out the door 15 minutes from the time I arrived. (Thanks Mike and GCO for forcing DeKalb to eliminate the appointment requirement for fingerprinting!) At both the Probate Court and the Police Department, they made specific mention that my license should arrive by mail in 4-8 weeks.

Comments:

A couple of tips... Getting there early is a good idea if you have the chance. For your visit to the Probate Court, there is a metered parking lot directly across the street from the courthouse that will cost less to park in (assuming you will be there for less than two hours) than the courthouse garage. There also is a coffeeshop adjacent to the parking lot and a snack bar adjacent to the Probate Court office if you arrive early and want or need to have a cup of coffee while you wait. The nearest public parking to the Police Department is less than a block away and charges only $3, but fills up quickly. However, they will admit another car every time one leaves, so circling for a minute or two can pay off. I will post an update in the forum once I receive my license to report total time for the process.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Sep. 5, 2012
Total Time Taken: 40 daysTotal Payment: Everyone was professional and effective.

Process:

Went to probate court, parked in parking deck behind Parkers on Ponce (used to be Micks), walked to the probate building. Permit office is down stairs. Must pass through a metal detector first. Application process took about 5 mins. Was told that Dekalb fingerprint location would be at lunch from 11am to 12. Not true. Lunch time for this office is 11am to 1pm. A two hour lunch! Where might Dekalb county be losing money? Anyway, I walked back to parking deck. Process took so little time, I didnt get charged for parking. Fingerprint time (once lunch and nap time was over) took only about 10 mins. Both places are cash only. 70.25 app fee, 5.00 for the prints.

Comments:

Was surprised at the kindness at both locations. The only people I found to be rude were the people at the metal detector at the Probate court, but they have no involvement in the actual permit process.


Type:

New ApplicationSubmitted: Sep. 5, 2012
Total Time Taken: Info not submittedTotal Payment: Application fee is $70.25, fingerprinting is $5, p

Process:

Dekalb courthouse application: $70.25 paid cash, no issues. They give you a map to direct you to correct building for getting fingerprinted. $2 parking at courthouse deck. Dekalb police: 5$ paid cash, no issues. Parking was $3. Mentioned a timeline of unknown but probably shorter than the given "2-4 months". They had a sign up saying that fingerprinting can't be done same day if your application was put in at the courthouse after 2pm, so plan accordingly - I think the courthouse people are telling applicants about that if needed, I was asked when I planned to get fingerprinted. Full process took me from 1pm-3pm on a wednesday, only one person ahead of me in each line.

Comments:

Everyone was professional and effective.

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