Probate Court

The Jackson County Probate Court remains open to serve our citizens and other members of the public; however, the safety and welfare of our citizens, employees and those persons using the court system is critical. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some court services must be modified and physical access to the Court must be limited.

       Effective immediately:

  • No person is allowed entry to the Probate Court office without an appointment.
  • For safety and welfare, we strongly discourage all children and any non essential persons from coming to the Courthouse or attending hearings. Children and non essential persons are encouraged (but not required) to wait in their vehicles or outside the courthouse while litigants conduct their business. However, Probate Court proceeding are—and remain—open to the public, and no members of the public will be denied access to the Courthouse or a courtroom, as long as they pass screening measures by security.

  • Telephone calls to the Jackson County Probate Court will be returned promptly. Please make certain that you include a telephone number with the message and that your voice mail is set up to receive messages.

  • The Probate Court will follow the Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.  If the Court must close to the public, persons with appointments will be notified by telephone or email. It is important that you make sure your voicemail is set up to receive messages.

  • Emergency Proceedings and Orders to Apprehend (Two-Party Affidavits):  Emergency proceedings and matters involving mental health will continue to be addressed as usual. Contact the Georgia Access and Crisis Line at 1-800-715-4225 before contacting Probate Court regarding an Order to Apprehend, as they can send a clinician to assess an individual without the necessity of Probate Court intervention.

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    IF YOUR WEAPONS CARRY LICENSE EXPIRED AFTER FEBRUARY 13, 2020, YOU HAVE 120 DAYS AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR LICENSE TO RENEW AND YOUR LICENSE IS STILL VALID DURING THIS PERIOD PURSUANT TO AN EXECUTIVE ORDER OF GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP DATED MAY 8, 2020.

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Applications for Marriage License and Weapons Carry License, new and renewal, are by appointment only.  If you show up at the Courthouse without an appointment, you will not be allowed entry.

  • Weapons Carry Licenses:  Applicants are required to complete application demographics and answer questions online before an appointment is scheduled, and must provide the confirmation number in order to schedule an appointment.
  • Marriage Licenses: Applicants are required to complete the application online, and must provide the confirmation number in order to schedule an appointment. Only the bride and groom will be allowed in the Probate Court lobby.
  • After completing the application, you may request an appointment by calling our office at 706-387-6275. Please note that our call volume has increased greatly, and if we are helping others at the time of your call, we may be unable to answer the phone. If your call is not answered, leave a message along with a return telephone number. It is important to make sure that your voicemail is set up to receive messages.

REQUESTS FOR VITAL RECORDS

Birth, Death and Marriage:

Requests should be emailed to probatecourt@jacksoncountygov.com, along with a copy of your picture id, your phone number and mailing address following the directions below. If you are unable to communicate by email, written requests, along with payment, can be mailed to Jackson County Probate Court, 5000 Jackson Parkway, Suite 140, Jefferson, GA 30549.  When the request for a vital record or marriage certificate is received by email, you will be called for your credit card information. (A 4% fee is added to all credit card charges.) Payment will be processed and the record will be mailed to you. If you need to pay with a check, your certificate will be mailed once we receive payment. 

  • Birth Certificates: provide full name at birth, date of birth, father’s full name, mother’s full maiden name, your relationship to the person, the number of copies requested and your phone number. Copies are $25.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy.
  • Death Certificates: provide full name of deceased, date of death, relationship to the deceased, reason the certificate is being requested and your phone number. Copies are $25.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy.
  • Marriage Certificates: Provide the names of the couple, including maiden name, if applicable, the date of marriage, number of copies requested and your phone number. Copies are $10.00 each plus $1.50 mailing fee. Marriage License must have been obtained in Jackson County.

Civil Filings, including Estate and Guardianship matters:  Probate Court standard forms are available online at www.gaprobate.gov. Once completed, call our office to determine the amount of filing fees. Completed forms, along with the appropriate fees, should be mailed to the Jackson County Probate Court, 5000 Jackson Parkway, Suite 140, Jefferson, GA 30549.

Oaths: Oaths for Personal Representatives and Adult and Minor Guardians and Conservators will continue to be conducted via Skype, which is the preferred method. In special circumstances, oaths be conducted in person by appointment only.

Records Searching: Those wishing to research Probate records should call the office to schedule an appointment.

All Other Services: Everyone is encouraged to call the court or email probatecourt@jacksoncountygov.com for questions. The total number of individuals in the lobby at any given time will be limited to four (4).

We appreciate your patience during this trying and unprecedented time.