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Starting about August, FL opened a number of offices in larger cities to process the licenses and this was supposed to speed the processing drastically. Well, I think it did. I feel bad for all those still waiting for theirs since doing it the old way.

My wife and I completed the application at the licensing department in Tampa last Tuesday (9/15) . We recieved the licenses today in the mail (9/21).

We were told 2-4 weeks and thus were surprised. Obvioulsy, 2-4 weeks is great compared to the several months others are having to wait.

The process was painless. Took about 20 minutes to fill out the questionaire on the computer at the licensing office, get fingerprinted and sign the paperwork. We took a money order and it is our understanding that that makes the process go faster than a check since they don't have to wait for it to clear.
 

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I know someone who applied 3 and a half months ago via mail. STILL NOTHING. Good stuff!
 

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I just posted a similar experience in Tampa. I used a check, but if it takes two weeks, I'll still be happy.
I went in fearing the usual government treatment, but found the office to be efficient and friendly.
 

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Where Can I Find Out the Locations Of These Offices

My renewual form will be arriving in the next couple weeks. My schedule would allow me to drop it off at an office in Orlando, if I could find out where it was.
 

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Wow, that was fast. Congrats to both of ya.:bier:
 

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Yeah..I can't understand for the life of me why it takes 90 days to do a persons background check?
It should take NO MORE than a week!
And the money you pay to get it...the AG should personally deliver it to you!
 

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Sent my application 4-22-09 on about August 10th I reieved a notice to have my finger prints redone. Sent that in two days later, finally got it today. 9-23-09 only took five months and one day. It seemed like five years.
Don't give up, it will show up eventually.
 

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This is good news for FL resident...:danceban::danceban:


For info, call here...(850) 245-5691...FL Dept of AG
 

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just cheked my bank online... Florida deposited my $117 in 10 days from them recieveing it! (Non resident mail in)
 

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I just posted a similar experience in Tampa. I used a check, but if it takes two weeks, I'll still be happy.
I went in fearing the usual government treatment, but found the office to be efficient and friendly.
As a follow up to my earlier post, I received my permit in the mail today.
I went in person to the Tampa office on Sept. 22, and received the permit today, Sept 28. That's 5 business days from application to permit in my hand.
Those folks have their act together. And best of all I was treated as a neighbor.
I'm not sure how many offices of the Dept. Of Agriculture are in Florida, but if you are close, I highly recommend going in person.
 

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background checks

you do realize that background checks take all of about 5 minutes to do once the yahve your info. the rest of the time is to print the little card and put the correct picture on the correct card. It's all overhead...$$$.
 

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Tampa Regional Office
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Dan Cabrera, Supervisor
1313 Tampa Street, Suite 712
Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 272-2552
Fax: (813) 272-2252
[email protected]

Orlando Regional Office
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Joe Barry, Supervisor
400 West Robinson Street, Room 110
Orlando, Florida 32801
Phone: (407) 245-0883
Fax (407) 317-7324
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West Palm Beach Regional Office
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Fred Speaker, Supervisor
The Forum, Tower A, Suite 100
1675 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Phone: (561) 640-6144
Fax: (561) 640-6149
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Jacksonville Regional Office
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Richard Jacobsen, Supervisor
7825 Baymeadows Way
Suite 106A, Center Building
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Phone: (904) 448-4341
Fax: (904) 448-4345
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Miami Regional Office
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Tim Davis, Supervisor
401 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Suite 720-N
Miami, Florida 33128
Phone: (305) 377-5950
Fax: (305) 377-5129
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Punta Gorda Regional Office
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Bob Griffith, Supervisor
230 Bal Harbor Boulevard
Suite 111
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Phone: (941) 575-5770
Fax: (941) 575-5775
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Fort Walton Regional Office
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Mike Matthews, Supervisor
212 Eglin Parkway S.E., Suite A
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Phone: (850) 833-9146
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Tallahassee Regional Office
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1851 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
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Phone: (850) 245-5498
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you do realize that background checks take all of about 5 minutes to do once the yahve your info. the rest of the time is to print the little card and put the correct picture on the correct card. It's all overhead...$$$.
Yes. So then why are people who mail in their forms waiting for months? I'm happy I went in person, I apologize to all of you that I seemed to jump to the front of the line. Maybe the pile of mail is so big, they are happy to see a real human come through the door.
 
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