Florida CWP snafu

Florida CWP snafu

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    Florida CWP snafu

    Hi all,

    I thought I'd share my recent experience with getting my CWP in Florida.

    In early September I took the the concealed carry class and the instructor told us all that we would benefit from applying at the regional office because we'd get our licenses quicker, so the next day I called and made my appointment which I could not get for over a month later on 10/8/12.

    I drove over an hour to get to the office and when I got there the whole process was pretty smooth. When the person at the office was taking my prints, she had trouble getting a good print on my left pinky finger, which i think I fractured as a teenager playing baseball, but i never saw a doctor, so it is now slightly crooked and she had touble rolling it across the screen which takes your prints after the third try she said that'll do I guess and sent me off. Today, almost a month later, I get a letter saying my prints were not ledgible and i would need to return to the office to get my prints redone.

    Needless to say, I'm really frustrated with the whole situation as I paid $42 to have my prints taken, I missed a day of work and spent the time and gas driving out of town to go to the office. I called the occur e and Talahassee to see about trying ny $42 dollars back for the inconvenience of having to do the whole process again, but because its a government office they said no of course. At this point I think I'll just go to my local police dept and have them take my prints but i have no idea how long it will take as they do not do it electronicaly. I also think I am going to try to contact a supervisor about the issue and see if i can get some refund but its unlikely.

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    My wife's license took 6 weeks to get at a local office... I've heard of regional applications taking 2-3 weeks.

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    Stuff happens.
    My wife and I had our prints done electronically at the local Sheriff Office and we sent off our paperwork. I got mine in about 4 weeks, she got a letter saying her prints were bad. She had to get them done again also. The second set had a problem as well, so she waited another 2 weeks while they did a background check with the Feds. All ended well, but getting her CWP took over 10 weeks in all.

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    It isn't worth the trouble trying to get a refund. IMHO your best off just getting a new finger print card submitted and waiting a little longer.

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    A friend and I went to the licensing office in Orlando on the same day. I had mine in 2 weeks, and he got a letter stating his prints needed to be redone. It was inconvenient, but he went to the local sherrifs office and they did it there for no charge. He had it two or three weeks later.

    Take your letter from the licensing department to the sherrifs office and get it redone. You should be good to go.

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    Re: Florida CWP snafu

    Ya, I know Stuff happens, and I'm not trying to piss and moan to make myself feel better. It's just a testament that it may not be quicker to have it done at the office I could have mailed my application, the day after the class but instead I waited for an apointment and the still botched things. I'm paying my own way through school and I don't make much money now, so it was a sacrifice for me to miss work and spend the money on gas to drive to the office that is located in the northern most corner of its region.

    The moral of the story is it may not be worth it to go to the office unless you live close enough to it.

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    I mailed mine and it took almost 3 months! Make the appointment. Florida is waaaay backlogged and it will take forever if you mail it.
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    When I got my Oklahoma permit the finger prints were bounced twice. Finally they used the electronic machine in the jail rather than the ink they used in the Sheriff's office and after some struggles they got my left pinky to give a good enough print. You'd never think a dislocated finger and some messed up soft tissue would cause problems a decade later.
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    Was denied the first time because I am the III'd, and obviously my father is Jr. Even though we have Social Security Numbers that are no where close to being the same, the NCIC, or whatever, came back with an alias or dual name error.
    Sorry for your inconvenience. Here's hoping you have better luck with the sheriff.

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    Check the letter you got. If you go back to the same office, they will re-scan the prints once and then, if not legible, you won't have to do them a 3rd time. If you go to another office the 2-times-and-done starts again. My wife's re-scan was also bad and she still got her permit in about 4 weeks after the second bad scan.

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    Re: Florida CWP snafu

    I'd prefer to go back to the office, but the police dept is in town and the person who I called in Talahassee said it would not take longer to process them, the person at the police dept said it may take an extra two to three weeks since they don't take theirs electronically, but that's still faster than waiting six weeks for the next appointment at the office. Do you all think that information I was given OS incorrect?

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    I have nothing good to say about the mail in process for FL (I am in a western state and do business in FL).

    I had a really good local Sheriff's elf do my prints.

    The turn around time was very quick, and I even called the automated 'what status is my stuff in' number, and the package came before the automated info system told me it had been mailed.....

    In today's economy, it makes sense that they and other states may be backlogged. People are hurting, and Kemo, the Hawain God of Petty Theaft and Crime, seems to be all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aceofspades View Post
    but that's still faster than waiting six weeks for the next appointment at the office. Do you all think that information I was given OS incorrect?
    We called the regional office after the first bad scan and they told us to just walk in, no appt necessary, at the WPB regional office. We were there for only 10 minutes and no appt needed for re-scan.

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    Once again proof that short cuts aren't always the fastest way.
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    That is so frustrating! I guess I'm lucky because WV doesn't require prints. I got my CC permit about 3 weeks after I took the class. Of course we don't have the population here that you do in FL.

    Hope yours comes in quick!
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