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Alcohol, Pawn, Precious Metal Dealer Permits

General Information

Alcohol Server, Pawn Shop Employee, and Precious Metal Dealer Permits may be obtained at the Cobb County Police Headquarters. Alcohol Server Permits may also be applied for on-line (see below).

Cobb County Police Department Headquarters
545 S. Fairground Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Hours of Operation:

Monday               8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday               1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday        8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday              1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday                    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

** Applications are not accepted after 3:45pm on Fridays.

Online Alcohol Server Permit Applications:

For Alcohol Permits only, you may click the following link to use our on-line application to complete your application form, submit supporting documents, and make your fee payment.

Alcohol Server Permit Online Application

You must come in person to the office to pick up your permit.


The cost of a permit is $30.00 (Visa/MasterCard/Cash - NO CHECKS).

Proper valid identification is required before the acceptance of the application (see below for acceptable types of identification)

  • Driver's License
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • State Approved ID

Managers and licensees must be aware that you can be cited and your privilege license may be in jeopardy if employees are found to be working without the required permit or if an employee is caught providing alcohol to a minor.

If your employee is not a citizen of the United States, he/she will be asked to provide an alien registration card (Green Card), a work authorization card, or an 1-94 card issued by the United States Department of Immigration. The alien registration number is not acceptable. We must have the card to copy it for our files.

If your employee is a naturalized citizen of the United States, he/she will be asked to provide a naturalization certificate. He/she will be asked to bring in their original certificate for this office to review.

This office reserves the right to request from applicant, any document needed to accurately complete the background investigation. (driver's license, birth certificates, social security cards, naturalization certificates, etc.) 

Alcohol Beverage Work Permits

Alcohol permits are required of the following:

  • Grocery stores and drug stores - persons acting in a managerial capacity are required to have a valid alcohol permit.
  • Convenience stores, package stores, and liquor stores - all employees are required to have a valid alcohol permit.
  • Businesses with a pouring license (e.g. restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc.) - all managers, assistant managers, waitresses, waiters, servers, food runners, security personnel, bartenders, bouncers, etc. must have a valid alcohol permit. We do not distinguish between food servers and alcohol servers. Busboys, cooks, dishwashers, hosts, hostesses, maintenance, and administrative staff are excluded from the permit requirement.

There is no grace period for employees in training.

Hours and Sales

Hours for Selling Packaged Alcohol

  • Liquor by package - Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
  • Beer and Wine by package - Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Saturday: 6 a.m. 12 a.m.
  • Sunday Sales by package - 12:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Hours for Sales by the Drink On-Premise Consumption

  • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2:55 a.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12 a.m.

*Note* Only restaurants having a "SUNDAY SALES" business license may sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.

Alcohol Sales

  • Sales are permitted on both local and national election days.
  • Legal age to serve alcohol is 18. Legal age to be served is 21.

Pawn Shop / Precious Metal Dealer Permits

Pawn Shop and Precious Metal Dealer Permits are required for all employees.