How long was your CCW wait?


July 23, 2003, 11:14 AM
It's been 71 days since I applied for my Arkansas CHL and I've heard it can take as long as 120. It shouldn't take that long to process anything.
How long was your wait(and what state are you from)?

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July 23, 2003, 11:17 AM
Washington State. Got printed on a Friday, had permit in the mail the following Monday afternoon. The benefits of clean living, I guess.

July 23, 2003, 11:25 AM
It took 45 days here in the Commiewealth of Taxachusetts. Just like the licensing officer said it would take.

July 23, 2003, 11:49 AM
Oregon, about 33 days.

Ala Dan
July 23, 2003, 12:01 PM
Greeting's All-

Way back yonder in 1968, seems like I turned the
application in around 0800 hrs to the Jefferson Co.*
Sheriff's Office; and before 1700 hrs that day, my
CCW license was in my hand!:D :uhoh: :) Cost?
Came to a grand total of $7.50. And here in 2003,
thanks to our good sheriff Mike Hale; it's still at
$7.50, and its still good for one year!

*Birmingham (Jefferson County) Alabama

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Hot brass
July 23, 2003, 12:01 PM
Was told 12 wks, got it in 5wks
In Cali:what:

July 23, 2003, 12:15 PM
Alaska- none needed

I did get a North Dakota permit though. Took around 15 days.

July 23, 2003, 12:19 PM
4 months to the day.....................

the county employee isnt fond of handing em out and makes no bones about it. however she is gone now

July 23, 2003, 12:25 PM
Been waitin' for 6 years now for CCW reform to pass in Ohio

Good thing I ain't holdin' my breath.......

July 23, 2003, 12:32 PM
not meaning to brag, but mine's in WA state and it took about 30 minutes. issued to me when i turned in the app. and got finger printed. i was surpised, but pleasantly.


July 23, 2003, 12:37 PM
NC here....first time it was 90 days. My most recent renewal was about 60....and they didn't call me to tell me it was ready until after my original permit had been expired for a few days.

July 23, 2003, 12:48 PM
Bobarino - How the heck did you get yours so fast!? I had to wait about 6 weeks to get mine in the mail.



July 23, 2003, 12:51 PM
PA in state took about 30 days (4 yrs ago).
MA in state took about 4 weeks the last time I got it (3 yrs ago).
NH non-resident took about 2 weeks (2 yrs ago).

July 23, 2003, 12:58 PM
SC took 89 days..... (90 is the limit)

My NH non-resident took 1 week

50 Freak
July 23, 2003, 01:02 PM
Kali....$200 for 2 years and a wait of 5.5 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!:cuss: :banghead: :fire:

Brian Williams
July 23, 2003, 01:06 PM
PA, I got mine in 4 weeks and only cause I knew a person in the sheriffs office who told me that I was approved and could go get my picture and card. The post card telling me so took a total of 5 weeks to go 6 blocks from court house to my house.

July 23, 2003, 01:45 PM
Arizona - about 8 days - good for 5 years.:D

July 23, 2003, 01:49 PM
PA (the city) it took 8 months for a freakin' RENEWAL!

Fee paid over, photo and finger prints done over, same forms- everything as though you never had license to begin with.

July 23, 2003, 02:00 PM
About five minutes.

July 23, 2003, 02:06 PM
I was told 8-10 weeks,but got it in 4:D and this is Lake county!(Chicago wannabe)

July 23, 2003, 02:35 PM
My Arizona permit took ten days.

July 23, 2003, 02:48 PM
It took me 120 days to Get mine here in Texas, Because I forgot to write in one of my employer's Phone numbers from 5 years ago. They Noticed that 30 days in. They sent it back to me I corrected it fed-ex'ed back Priority, they had it the next day. I called them on the status , and they told me My 90 day wait had restarted. But I finally got it to the day they said I would. It was a Great Day.

July 23, 2003, 03:20 PM
I am a MD subject, but luckily they could not stop me from getting a Utah Concealed Hangun Permit (valid in VA). (Should have seen the expression on the faces in the Maryland State Police barracks when I said I needed fingerprints for my out of state CHP - where is my camera when I need it?).

From the day I mailed off the application at the post office, to the day I recieved my permit in the mail from the FINE state of Utah? FIVE WEEKS. Not bad at all, considering I am a non-resident, and did not have to leave the confines of my beloved Maryland to get it.


PS: My thanks to the citizens of Utah for respecting my rights more than my home state does. Thanks Utah highroaders.

CZ 75 BD
July 23, 2003, 03:27 PM
3 minutes at Jefferson Co. Sheriff's office, $7.50 per year. :D

July 23, 2003, 03:40 PM
22 days from fingerprinting.

July 23, 2003, 05:56 PM
28 days in Hennepin County Minnesota.

July 23, 2003, 06:04 PM
IIRC, about 6 weeks for certificate of CCW training + 4 weeks for APP to go to State Police and be returned to the sheriff's dept.

- about 10 weeks for me here in Kentucky.


Erik Jensen
July 23, 2003, 06:10 PM
applied on Feb 14th (how romantic, eh?) recieved on May 30th.

my permit is good for three years, but as of July 1st, all new permits are good for 5 years. also, a few of the restrictions were relaxed. (previously, we couldn't carry any where that served alcohol. now we can carry if they make less than %50 profit from alcohol.)

edited because I'm apparently a dummy-head and can't read dates.

who me
July 23, 2003, 06:15 PM
I just applied for mine today in Mississippi. She said they would be mailed out in 120 days. The guys at the gun shop say you get in the mail on exactly the 120th day. Can't wait.

Standing Wolf
July 23, 2003, 06:43 PM
I was told I'd have my permit in about a month. It was delivered three weeks later. It was supposed to be good for a year, but turns out to be good for four.

July 23, 2003, 07:04 PM
Sheriff's Office ... total time?

Wait a bit to get form - fill in form - take to clerk - wait for background check - hand over $21.50 - wait a bit whilst D/L copied and added to permit sheet - wait for that sheet to be reduced and laminated.

Walk out .. probably no more than 20 minutes tops!:) Valid 5 years.

Bob S
July 23, 2003, 08:26 PM
Michigan, applied on January 8, 2002. Got my permit on March 6, 2002.

rick newland
July 23, 2003, 08:56 PM
The time it took for the lady to type it up. In and out of the sheriff's dept in 15 minutes. Limestone Co, AL

July 23, 2003, 08:57 PM

i don't know why it was so fast. i was expecting a wait. i went to the Tacoma courthouse on Tacoma Ave. (imagine that?) i filled out the app, paid the fee, went upstair to be fingerprinted and it was waiting for me when i got back downstairs. just lucky i guess. i'm going to apply in Oregon next time i'm down there becuase i fly there a lot just for fun. will post on the experience when it happens.


July 23, 2003, 11:34 PM
How long did it take me to get it or how long it took them to process the application? I used up every bit of the 6 months I had to send it off before I had enough spare cash ($135) to send in the application. After they received my application it took about a month and half to get it back.

July 23, 2003, 11:36 PM
i don't know why it was so fast. i was expecting a wait. i went to the Tacoma courthouse on Tacoma Ave. (imagine that?) i filled out the app, paid the fee, went upstair to be fingerprinted and it was waiting for me when i got back downstairs. just lucky i guess. i'm going to apply in Oregon next time i'm down there becuase i fly there a lot just for fun. will post on the experience when it happens.

I applied at the Courthouse in Downtown Seattle. That place is scary. Metal detectors, X-Ray machines, the works. I even had to hand over my Leatherman to the deputy on duty! Application process was pretty painless though and the clerks were nice.

A friend of mine just moved down to Oregon and applied for his CCW. Said it was pretty much the same as Washington law except that he had to take a safety class on top of everything else.

July 23, 2003, 11:57 PM
Bout 45 days for Arizona permit and 69 Days for the Florida one.

July 24, 2003, 12:57 AM
Michigun- 30days


Tim Currie
July 24, 2003, 12:58 AM
CA, about 4 weeks.

Double Maduro
July 24, 2003, 01:57 AM
Multnomah County, Oregon, 45 days for appointment, 45 days from appointment.

Applied for out of state Washington permit on monday in Clark County, they said 60 days, we'll see.


July 24, 2003, 03:28 AM
3 minutes at Jefferson Co. Sheriff's office, $7.50 per year.
Man, you're getting ripped off. $10 for 4 years here in NH. :D

July 24, 2003, 04:11 AM
My Alaska permit took about 2 weeks, $100 and now I don't even need it. :banghead:

July 24, 2003, 09:25 AM
Wow man, how did you pull that off?
The shortest turn around time I've heard of in Ark was 80 days.

July 24, 2003, 10:42 AM
Florida... A little less than two months

Johnny Guest
July 24, 2003, 05:15 PM
Texas - - -
Something under a month, but I was already a certified CHL instructor.


July 24, 2003, 05:37 PM
Tim and 50 Freak,
How did you manage to get a CCW here in the PRK?
I'm in L.A. City and have been waiting for oh, about 20 years to be able to get a CCW.
Just curious as to how it happens here.

July 24, 2003, 09:14 PM
Bucks County PA....$19, 4 days and good for 5 years.

July 24, 2003, 10:16 PM
Oregon 5 weeks

Sigarmed 1
July 24, 2003, 11:22 PM

I was told to expect the full 90 day wait. Only took 60!!

July 24, 2003, 11:38 PM
i am with foghornl i am still waiting. i wish they would pass this thing soon. though i can't buy a handgun till april.

July 24, 2003, 11:53 PM
104 days in TX no explanation except for 9/11 was tying up FBI backround checks.

$100 for mandatory class and qualification and $140 non refundable for the permit.

July 25, 2003, 10:43 AM
I got the same explanation about 9/11 and FBI checks.

July 25, 2003, 01:24 PM
60 Days, Exactly, in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Spring of '00....

July 25, 2003, 01:58 PM
in Massivetusheets....60 days exactly. Was told new ones are taking 10 weeks. 4 years ago the original took about 10 weeks. Was $25 for 4 years - now $100 for 4 years plus photo and fingerprinting fee of $5.

Mass law says it must be issued or rejected within 40 days. So much for the state to have to follow it's own laws.

July 25, 2003, 02:59 PM
Approximately 24 years and some odd months... still haven't got one. :D

Hopefully I will soon.

July 25, 2003, 03:21 PM
45 long days.

July 25, 2003, 11:48 PM
From the time I was finger printed I was told it could take 6 to 8 weeks, and I got it in 44 days.

Henry county, Georgia.

July 26, 2003, 07:19 AM
0 days 0 min 0 sec

Never had one.

Never thought I needed one with a good folder and a small ASP but seems that I might have to get around to it soon, too many nut jobs that are not packen running around these days.

Southern Planter
July 26, 2003, 08:49 AM
58 days, mailbox to mailbox.

July 26, 2003, 05:33 PM
30 days here.

NC Shooter
July 26, 2003, 06:02 PM
In NC it took me about 4 weeks and my wife around 2.5 months.

Go figure.

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