Anyone recently received their CWP in Florida?


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treeman
September 8, 2009, 04:48 PM
I just mailed my packet out for CWP in Florida this morning and I'm trying to get an idea on the wait time right now. I know a few months ago there was a huge backlog. Has anyone received theirs recently...how long from the day you mailed it in until you got it back??

Thanks guys!!

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SFB
September 8, 2009, 06:49 PM
Sent my packet out mid July, have not received my permit yet. I haven't called but I have heard you can expect 3 months at a minimum and 5 months as a maximum.

sig228
September 8, 2009, 09:43 PM
Check this out:

http://floridashootersnetwork.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=61512

treeman
September 8, 2009, 11:39 PM
WOW!!!!!!! I wish I would have known about that this morning :( I am going to contact the Miami office 2moro to see if I can still do it that way. Even if I have to pay the $117 again I really don't want to have to wait indefinetly if I don't have to. Thanks for the lead. :)

trigun87
September 9, 2009, 02:22 AM
Dude I just made a thread about the same thing like a week ago. It only took them like two months. Sent stuff in on june 25th got permit august 18th.

treeman
September 9, 2009, 03:50 PM
Just took a look at your thread...I had not seen it. Hmm...so two months isn't that bad. I wonder if they are even more caught up now. The class I took included a finger print card so that's what I sent in...I wonder if that will delay mine more than your two months with electronic prints.

I wish I would have known about the new way. I contacted the Miami office and said I was willing to "donate" (loose) the first $117 I sent in if I could start over with the new system but the supervisor said he would not suggest a duplicate application...but that it was my call if I wanted to give it a try.

MarkDido
September 9, 2009, 06:17 PM
My agency does electronic fingerprinting for CCP's in FL.

A year ago the ratio of people being printed was probably 70% other / 30% CWP
Today it's mmore like 60% CWP - 40% other.

With the budget shortfalls in the state, expect longer than usual processing time.

YMMV ;)

Big Mike
September 9, 2009, 09:46 PM
There was a write-up in the Tallahassee Democrat several months ago interviewing Charles Bronson. He indicated that they had significantly more applications and less people processing them...

84B20
September 9, 2009, 09:59 PM
I suppose there isn't a way to speed up the renewal of an out of state resident's license? Fortunately mine doesn't come due until next year.

oneounceload
September 9, 2009, 10:43 PM
They're looking to hire 61 extra folks temporarily to catch up on the CCW permits

treeman
September 10, 2009, 04:35 AM
I thought the new folks were already hired and working on the backlog...that's what my instructor told me...but then again he was unaware of the new system so....

tjj
September 10, 2009, 02:01 PM
You guys consider yourselves lucky. I have a buddy that submitted his paperwork and money back in April. The packet was placed into the "system" in June. He last called a couple weeks ago and they said it will be another 30 to 45 days.:eek:
He should have gotten his permit when I got mine a couple years ago. It only took about 3-1/2 weeks back then.:)

scotthsi
September 10, 2009, 02:46 PM
I sent my out of state renewal package in mid-August and already have my new license. They even sent it despite the fact the FBI kicked back my print card as "unreadable". My permit was still good for 30 days and would be suspended if I didn't send in the second card, which I did. Never heard back if it was good or not. Doesn't matter anyway because as long as you pass the background check and submitted two cards, you "did your part". Their words. Besides, if they REALLY need a good set of prints for a shooting in FL or something? They WILL get them then. Besides, it's not like the two "bad" cards are unusable. They can easily tell it's the same person. The prints are probably 90%+ good to go with one or two small things.

Don't know about initial applications. I would imagine they do take longer.

CigarGuy
September 10, 2009, 03:24 PM
My friend just got his, after a 5 month wait. We(daughter and I) just sent ours
in last week..........

treeman
September 10, 2009, 06:20 PM
I have spoken to a couple of the folks at the Regional Offices in Miami and West Palm and I was told that I could go in and start over again with the new "expedited system". I would have to write a letter saying I wanted to cancel the initial "paper" application but that I would not be able to get a refund of the fees and would have to pay over again.

Assuming I don't end up making the matter worse and do actual get it in a week or two with the new system I would consider paying twice but I just do not want any further issues just because I want to take advantage of the new system. What do you guys think?

scotthsi
September 10, 2009, 06:32 PM
Treeman, are you talking fingerprints or a whole new application?

treeman
September 10, 2009, 06:45 PM
This is a new application...Florida just started up a new "expedited system" in which instead of mailing a packet off to Tallahassee....you visit a regional office where you fill the application on a computer (instead of a bubble in sheet), enter your fingerprints electronically, pay the same $117 and get the license MUCH faster. See here: http://floridashootersnetwork.com/ph...p?f=36&t=61512

scotthsi
September 11, 2009, 09:44 AM
Ah, I see. Won't work for out-of-state renewals, though...

SFB
September 25, 2009, 02:54 PM
update:

i sent my packet out in mid july and i received my license in the mail today. so roughly 2 months 2 weeks (a few days less actually) to get it. i did the electronic fingerprints and i am also military so i did not need to attend a course, not sure if that sped the process up or slowed it down.

scotthsi
September 25, 2009, 03:25 PM
SFB, was that an initial application or a renewal? I remember my initial taking a couple of months, but this last renewal only took about two weeks.

SFB
September 25, 2009, 03:55 PM
scotthsi - that was an initial application. i am also a florida resident, not sure if that has any bearing on the application process or not.

scotthsi
September 25, 2009, 04:29 PM
2-3 months sounds about right. I lived in Florida, too, when I did my initial application.

treeman
September 25, 2009, 10:19 PM
SFB...thanks for the update. Well, two months sure beats 6+ months.

They cashed my check on the 18th so I will update the thread also once I get mine as well.

hotshotshoting
September 26, 2009, 03:46 AM
what the expedited process is producing is about 1-3 week wait !

Orlando just opened an office as well.

if you do it the old school way even with electronic printing it takes 3-6 months!

scotthsi
September 26, 2009, 08:04 AM
if you do it the old school way even with electronic printing it takes 3-6 months!

Not for SFB and myself, both an initial and renewal application respectively. ;)

SFB
September 26, 2009, 12:18 PM
the expedited process is definitely faster, but i didn't know about it when i sent in my packet the old school way. took just over 2 months though, so it was still quicker than i thought it would be.

treeman
September 28, 2009, 09:12 AM
Looks like right now it is taking 1-2 months the oldschool way....http://floridaconcealedcarry.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=2033&page=61

scotthsi
September 28, 2009, 09:18 AM
Along with Florida, I have to give huge props to Arizona as well. It took NINE whole days from the time I dropped my renewal in the mail to actually having my new permit in hand. Over a three day weekend...from Connecticut to AZ and back. Now, that's service!

gideon_70
September 29, 2009, 01:04 AM
Hey, give them a call! They have an 800 number, and are ready and willing to answer all questions. Really nice people.

WingRider
September 29, 2009, 02:24 AM
Sounds like they're catching up. I sent mine in Feb.25(3 days after I took the class:D) My check cleared in April, got my permit in July, issued 90 days exactly after the check cleared:rolleyes:

scotthsi
September 29, 2009, 07:39 AM
Hey, give them a call! They have an 800 number, and are ready and willing to answer all questions. Really nice people.

Yeah, IF you can get through. I tried calling several times about my first fingerprint card and it was always either busy or just rang and rang. Had better luck with email. Very slow, but at least they responded.

CigarGuy
September 29, 2009, 07:46 AM
Ok, wait for THIS baby.....
Check dated and mailed 9/2. Regular way with electronic fingerprints.
Got my CC YESTAERDAY, 9/28! That's right! 2 days shy of 4 weeks, with a Labour
Day holiday thrown in there!
Sadly, my daughter's WAS in the same envelope. She didn't get hers yesterday. Hopefully, today?!

Guns and more
September 29, 2009, 12:22 PM
I went in person to the Tampa office on Sept 22, and received my card in the mail on Sept 28. Thanks to whoever tipped me off to going to the Department of Agriculture office. There are six in Fl. They did the prints, took the picture, and I did the form on their computer. Gave them my class completion form, and a check for $117 and I was out the door in 28 minutes. (and they were nice to deal with.) You do need an appointment and they don't take cash.
Good luck.

wlpiii
September 30, 2009, 10:23 AM
FL CWP Renewal mailed 9/16/09. New CWP received 9/29/09. Less than two weeks turn around - couldn't believe it!

Big Mike
September 30, 2009, 06:00 PM
If you are near Florida and timing is a concern, come here and get your prints electronically "livescanned". It's the FBI ink print cards that add the greatest amount of processing time.

treeman
September 30, 2009, 07:41 PM
scotthsi, what email address did you use? Thanks

treeman
September 30, 2009, 07:42 PM
If you are near Florida and timing is a concern, come here and get your prints electronically "livescanned". It's the FBI ink print cards that add the greatest amount of processing time.
Big Mike, would it help at all to have prints live scanned after I've already sent in packet with paper prints?

Bobandshawn
October 1, 2009, 12:39 PM
Hey everyone, just found this forum and registered after lurking for a few hours. I Sent mine in on 30 June (priority). Followed up via phone and was told it was entered into the system on 1 August. Received my license on 15 September. So, around ten weeks I guess. I've heard horror stories of 6 month waits - but I guess I was lucky! I sent my DD214 and did my prints electronically...maybe that helped?

Bob

Big Mike
October 1, 2009, 09:05 PM
Big Mike, would it help at all to have prints live scanned after I've already sent in packet with paper prints?

treeman,

Not sure. You should call the Dept. of Agriculture and ask. Knowing bureaucracies (I work in one) if two prints for the same ORI number come in at different times for one application, you could inadvertently prolong the process. Good luck.

I sent my DD214 and did my prints electronically...maybe that helped?

Livescan prints will beat FBI print cards by weeks.

Big Mike

treeman
October 21, 2009, 11:44 PM
Just wanted to update...I decided to just let it ride the old school way (not re-do it with the new way.) I spoke to one of the guys at the local office and he STRONGLY suggested I not submit 2 applications he felt it would cause more harm than good. Basically I was given the same advice as Big Mike is saying...

Soo, my current status is.
1) I mailed it in by Priority Mail on September 8th

2) check was cashed on September 18th

3) waited 1 hr 30 minutes on phone October 19th to check on status and I was told 30-45 more days

Sooo....I am just waiting :) Mine was PAPER prints by the way.

treeman
October 21, 2009, 11:50 PM
Cigarguy, was yours a NEW application or a renewal? Did you daughter get hers yet?

Ok, wait for THIS baby.....
Check dated and mailed 9/2. Regular way with electronic fingerprints.
Got my CC YESTAERDAY, 9/28! That's right! 2 days shy of 4 weeks, with a Labour
Day holiday thrown in there!
Sadly, my daughter's WAS in the same envelope. She didn't get hers yesterday. Hopefully, today?!

indiandave
October 22, 2009, 08:35 AM
I just reicived my out of state Florida permit. It took 5 weeks.

CigarGuy
October 22, 2009, 08:39 AM
"Cigarguy, was yours a NEW application or a renewal? Did you daughter get hers yet?"

It was new. Mine took, from date of mailing, 4 weeks. Daughters came one week later.

OurSafeHome.net
October 22, 2009, 08:46 AM
The stars aligned perfectly for one of my students and she got her license in less than a week, using the DofA express licensing procedure.

Guns and more
October 22, 2009, 12:43 PM
This is a new application...Florida just started up a new "expedited system" in which instead of mailing a packet off to Tallahassee....you visit a regional office where you fill the application on a computer (instead of a bubble in sheet), enter your fingerprints electronically, pay the same $117 and get the license MUCH faster. See here: http://floridashootersnetwork.com/ph...p?f=36&t=61512
I did exactly that. I highly recommend it. There are six regional offices, and you need an appointment. They don't take cash, and you need your D/L for identification and your certificate (or copy) of your class completion. I went in the Tampa office, the girls couldn't have been nicer. I sat at a computer terminal and filled out the form, they notarized it. They took my prints electronically, they did my photo electronically, and I was out the door in 28 minutes.
I went on a Tuesday, and my permit was in my mailbox the following Monday.
Easy.

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