Florida Permit Turnaround Time - Great Service
I had a good experience getting my Florida CCW permit. I thought I would relay it to the group.
I was in Florida for Christmas and on 23 Dec 10 I applied for my Florida CCW permit. I received it today (7 Jan 11) in the mail - 15 days elapsed time with 2 holidays in the mean time. I applied in person at one of the regional centers where you key your own info into the system.
I have no idea how long the process would have taken if I had mailed the application in, but I have heard they are a couple of months behind in keying in applications due to a swelling demand.
Overall, I was impressed with the process. The in-office visit was 20 minutes or so and the 15 day turnaround including mail time to my house was outstanding.
My concealed carry turnaround time for FL
Recently I decided to obtain my concealed carry permit for Florida which is where I live. I thought it would be a good idea
to have so that if it ever came down to it (although I sincerely hope it doesn't) then I'd be ready and able to carry a
weapon with me to defend myself. I haven't seen too many posts for the turnaround times for the year of 2012, so I thought
that I would post one so that anyone looking for an idea of how long it takes can know. One additional thing I want to
mention as well is that the State of Florida has a lot of issues when it comes to clarity and information. I was told many
things different each time I called. Here are some examples.
I did my paperwork myself, because there was a 3 month backlog for appointments at the office. I went and had my prints done
after taking my course for firearms safety, then went and handed the office my completed packet. The lady stamped it and said
it would be sent electronically. I then called about 5 days later to find out my application was not in the system, and was
told by the rep on the phone that all they do if you manually deliver it was to mail it out on your behalf. This was my first
issue with the state.
The second issue, I was told that electronic fingerprinting would greatly speed up the processing time for a permit, so of
course that's what I did. Upon calling again a week later I was told my prints had been cleared and all that was left was
to process my application. However, this was not the case when I followed up the following week, as I was told that it does
NOT increase speed (which was funny because on the state's automated greeting it says it will) and she said she had never
heard of that. Couldn't believe what I was hearing.
The final call came when I found my application had been processed and mailed, I spoke with a woman who said it would be in
the mail either that day or the next. I called 2 days later to follow up and someone else told me it sits there in a pile
for 2-5 days before being sent out. When I asked why I was told it did that she said it's just what they do. A little peeved
at this point I hung up, and followed up a few days later, only to be told that it had been mailed a few days prior to this
call. So the state seems to be a little iffy with their facts, or just has some idiots working there, not sure.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the timeline for my application process (and being that I was told anywhere from 45-90
days, this seems like it was a somewhat speedier process)
June 6, 2012- Took my concealed carry course at East Orange Shooting Sports here in Orlando, the instructor's name was Jose
and he is very knowledgable with his facts and teaches you all the key facts to know, and then some.
June 7, 2012- Went to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and had my fingerprinting done, then headed downtown to hand in
my completed packet for application
June 13, 2012- Was told my money order to the state in the amount of $75.00 was cashed, however my application was still
not on file
June 14, 2012- Called and found out my application had been received however was NOT being processed at that time, as there
was about a month backlog
July 16, 2012- Called state to follow up, and was told my license was issued, printed, and would be in the mail as of this
night or the following morning
July 19, 2012- Still waiting for permit in the mail (not sure when I will actually recieve it as the issue with multiple
people saying it was going to sit there for a few days, vs one saying it was mailed already)
I will post back on here when I actually recieve it. All in all though, with the exception of the confusing workers at the
Department of Agriculture, not too bad of a turnaround time to have it processed and mailed, when all is said and done, a
month and a week or two, is much better than 3 months.
**Updated 7/19/12 at night. Concealed permit came in mail today! Felt like a kid in the candy store, time to go do the required "Wally World Run" I hear everyone else talk about =)