Other services remain modified in response to the spread of COVID-19

Due to staffing shortages in Probate Court from exposure to positive cases of COVID-19, all appointments for Weapons Carry License application appointments and fingerprinting are being rescheduled.

The Court is in the process of trying to call and email every person that has applied for a new license or renewal. This is for all appointments through August 11. In consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and based on staffing levels, this will be re-evaluated at that time to determine whether it is safe to resume those operations.

Licenses that have expired since March 13 have 120 days from the date of expiration on the license to renew, and they remain valid licenses during these 120 days. That means if a license is set to expire during the next few weeks, it will remain valid for 120 days following the expiration.

“Our apologies to people that were waiting to go through this process, and we thank them for their patience and understanding as we protect their health and our employees’ health,” says Probate Court Judge Sarah Harris. “If we work together and take all of the CDC guidelines related to slowing COVID-19’s spread – and understanding that this could impact the way we interact with each other – then we will be able to protect Middle Georgia.”

The Court will continue processing petitions and pleadings and perform essential functions. Any emergency hearings are being conducted via video conference. Marriage License appointments are being held by appointment only. All court fillings and correspondence are being accepted by mail or by placing the original in the drop box for the Probate Court outside of Room 207 in the Courthouse, and clerks can be reached via email or by leaving a voicemail, which is checked regularly. Calls received before 4:00 p.m. will be returned the same day.

For questions, use the following contact information.

License Division Questions:   probatecourt-licensediv@maconbibb.us         

Probate Division Questions:  cpresley@maconbibb.us

Probate Court Main Line:  478-621-6494

License Division:  478-621-6493

All offices, organizations, private businesses, and people are strongly encouraged to follow all CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Macon-Bibb County, Middle Georgia, and the State of Georgia. This includes:

  • • Wearing a mask in public and around people;
  • • Avoiding large groups, and maintaining at least six feet between you and other people;
  • • Washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds…and often;
  • • Using hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available;
  • • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly; and
  • • Covering coughs and sneezes.

For all information about COVID-19 and details on these measures, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or contact your local health department.