Dawson County Probate Court

Jennifer Burt, Judge
Dawson County Courthouse
25 Justice Way, Suite 4332
Dawsonville, GA 30534


(706) 344-3580 phone
(706) 265-6155 fax

Contact by email

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Probate Court is a court of limited jurisdiction responsible for the probate and administration of estates for Dawson County residents.

Probate Court also handles:

  • Misdemeanor traffic citations
  • Game and fish violations 
  • Marriage licenses
  • Firearms licenses
  • Estates
  • Guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults
  • Numerous miscellaneous duties

It is a court of record; therefore, all documents filed in Probate Court must be recorded in minute books and kept permanently available to the public.

The Probate Court is committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the services of this office or the procedures you must follow for a particular process. Please be advised, however, that state law prohibits our staff from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. If you have a problem involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Georgia.

Marriage Licenses

The Probate Court of Dawson County issues marriage licenses and maintains those records. We also issue certified and plain copies of marriage licenses and applications for all marriages that were applied for in Dawson County.

Obtaining a marriage license:

  • Applicants must both appear in person to complete the application for a marriage license.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. (Certain circumstances permit underage applicants to obtain a marriage license. Call the Dawson County Probate Court for additional information.)
  • A picture identification card is required for both applicants.
  • A divorce decree or death certificate from the former spouse is required from any applicant that has had a prior marriage.
  • At least one applicant has to be a resident of Georgia in order to apply for a marriage license in a county other than the county where the ceremony is to take place. If both applicants are nonresidents of Georgia, then the application must be made in the county where the marriage ceremony will take place.
  • Effective May 13, 2010 the fee for a marriage license is:
  • $16.00 for couples with a certificate of pre-marriage counseling.*
  • $56.00 for couples without a certificate of pre-marriage counseling.
  • Fees are payable by cash, check, or money order.
  • Certified copies are an additional $10.00 per copy.  (Two certified copies are required to register a legal name change.)
  • After the ceremony, the license is to be returned to the issuing probate court, which will then record the license in the marriage docket. Certified copies of the license may then be issued by the court.

*Note: Pre-marital counseling must include at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to: (a) conflict management, (b) communication skills, (c) financial responsibilities, (d) child and parenting responsibilities; and (e) extended family roles. The program must have been completed within twelve months prior to the application, and the couple must have undergone the premarital education together. To qualify, the premarital education must have been performed by: (a) a professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist; (b) a psychiatrist; (c) a psychologist; or (d) an active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy, or the designee of such active member of the clergy, provided the designee is skilled and trained in premarital education.

Firearms Licenses

The Probate Court of Dawson County issues firearms licenses to all qualified persons who are residents of Dawson County, Georgia. The firearms license authorizes a person to carry a handgun on or about his or her person, openly or in certain concealed positions. These include in a shoulder or waist belt holster, hip grip, or similar device, handbag, purse, attaché case, briefcase or other closed container.

Firearms licenses may be obtained Monday through Friday 9:00am -3:30pm only.

Requirements for Firearms Permit:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be a resident of Dawson County, Georgia
  • Must submit a picture identification including the physical address
  • Must submit to a criminal background check before any license is issued (If the applicant has been convicted of any drug charges, misdemeanor or felony, or if there are any convictions or pending charges under the Domestic Violence Act, then no firearm permit will be issued. Convicted felons and persons suffering from mental illness are also barred from receiving a permit to carry a concealed weapon. If you have questions regarding the various prohibitions for firearms licenses, you may discuss the issues in person with Probate Court personnel.)
  • Fees: $74.25 cash only to be paid at the time of application and $5.00 cash which must be presented to the Detention Center at the time the applicant appears for fingerprinting.
  • The license, when approved, is valid for five years.
  • For additional information relating to the application for a Firearms Permit, please contact the Dawson County Probate Court.

Related Links

Georgia Probate Court Online System

Standard forms available to download in .WPD or .PDF formats. Includes useful web pages such as instructions for the forms, information on the duties of personal representatives, a handbook for guardians, heir determination worksheets, etc.