I turned in my my papers on Dec 11, and got my NV (Clark County resident) permit on the 23rd! At first when I saw the envelope so early, I figured there was a problem (likely owing to foreign residence and/or foreign military service, even though I'm a born American with dual nationality). Then I bent the envelope a little, and distinctly felt a stiff card in there :D
Have any other Vegas residents gotten this kind of turn-around? Metro already had my prints and lack of criminal record checked out, at least up to 2004...maybe this sped up the process?