I'm kind of curious of what you all think of this situation. I'm not sure if there is a thread similar to my situation, so I'll just post it.
A couple of days ago I noticed that my approximately one year old concealed handgun license's text was wearing off, specifically the license number. I figured I would call my local county sheriff's office to schedule to get another one since it wasn't entirely readible. The licenses are printed just like our Oregon (at least in my county) drivers licenses with the exception of a little different cardstock and ink.
When I called I spoke to the lady who headed up the department for concealed handgun licensing, she was really nice and appreciated why I was calling. When I asked what I had to do to get a new one, she asked for my first and last name only. After giving it to her, she asked me if I wanted to pick it up that same day! I spoke to her on the phone for no more than two minutes.
Me bewildered by the lack of government bureaucracy, I declined due to my already arranged schedule. She stated I could pick it up the next day if I wanted to, which worked for me!
So I walk in to the sheriff's office and spoke to the clerk about who I needed to see and why. After giving me a strange look that resembled, "Are you kidding?" The clerk gets on the phone to call the concealed handgun license lady to tell her I arrived, still with the same bewildered tone. I look at the clerk and said I was shocked as she was, and we both laughed.
The concealed handgun license lady comes out of the back office in a rush (speed walking), and simply tosses on the counter and says, "Thanks for coming in, have a good day!" and rushes back to the office after I thanked her. It took no more than two minutes once I got into the sheriffs office, to get the card and get out, and literally less than 30 seconds after the clerk called the concealed handgun license lady.
I did not notice that she took a look at me and my card for a positive match, she didn't ask for me to hand over my previous concealed handgun license to make sure it got destroyed, to fill out any forms, and the best part was I wasn't charged anything!!!
Pretty sweet huh, or should the process be changed?
Here are my questions:
Is it me or is there no reason to require me to give back my old license, considering nothing has changed (license number, address, etc.)?
Should she had made sure my photo matched up to my license? - Maybe she looked at it before she came out?
Should there have been a replacement fee?
Regardless, I was flabbergasted by the lack of bureaucracy, lines, and fees! In closing I would like to say where I live is awesome!