Florida Permit Turnaround Time - Great Service

Florida Permit Turnaround Time - Great Service

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    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.
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    Thats darn quick.

    I honestly can't remember how long it took to get my permit. What I do remember is every day going to the mailbox like a little kid waiting in anticipation for my permit.
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    It only took 3 weeks for mine in Va. would like to get FLA non resident as they seem to have agreements with more states than VA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    What I do remember is every day going to the mailbox like a little kid waiting in anticipation for my permit.
    Sounds familiar - even though I was home carrying under my Ohio permit and not going to a state I would need the FL permit in the near future. You can call in to track the status of your permit and it took longer to print and mail than it did to approve the permit.
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    Congrats on the permit . That turnaround time is nothing strange. Florida used to be behind until a few months ago, but not anymore.
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    That's how long my FL permit took as well. The only permit I got faster was PA (from Centre County).

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    Can anyone update on how long the wait is now if done by mail? (OP was in January and now we are in August)
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    Proud to carry

    Getting my permit was really smooth. I received my permit in 9 days. Service was great. I was really impressed with the whole process. It is, to me a great privilage to carry a weapon. Dont hesitate, get it done.

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    My experience.

    I live in Nevada and I applied for the Nevada, Utah , and Florida permit at the same time. During the process I drop the photo for the Florida permit and they sent me back the information I resent the packet to them and receive the permit before I got the Utah and the Nevada.

    I would say that's a great service it took about a month and a week to get the permit.

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    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 =)
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    So looks like at least a month and 12 days. I think that really sucks! You're a Florida person too! I've been waiting about three weeks on mine so far. They had it by June 27th at the latest since they cashed my check then. I finally had an actual long distance chat with one lady on the phone from that Department a couple of days ago. Nothing concrete there to report. But she did mention that they had a lot of applications right now.

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    P.S. Mr. Judge: Did the automated phone message reflect the fact that it was approved? I mean did the message change?
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    It pays to make an appointment and get the paperwork filled out at a regional office if you live in FL. Bring a check, your training certification, & ID.

    I had to wait about 3 weeks after I made my appointment to get in & after that it took another 2.5 weeks to get the license in the mail. Doing it in person gets all the paperwork done on the computer (so there's no danger of bad handwriting) & the electronic fingerprinting is done there (bad prints are rejected automatically & can be redone instead of a smudged paper card).
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    Mailed mine in and it was back in a couple of weeks. Quick, no issues. Very efficient.
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    Did the automated phone message reflect the fact that it was approved? I mean before you actually got it in the mail? D.J.

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    It took about 5 weeks for mine. And yes I started checking the mailbox every day after 3 weeks

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