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BRONSON ANNOUNCES PROGRAM...

-to expedite concealed weapon license application process

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that qualified individuals wishing to expedite the turnaround time in obtaining a concealed weapon license can now visit any of the Division of Licensing's eight regional offices to apply for a license.

In an effort to expedite the process and relieve the congestion caused by an unprecedented surge of concealed weapon license applications mailed to the department's headquarters in Tallahassee, the regional offices have been modified to serve as one-stop application intake facilities.

The regional offices, whose locations can be found at http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/staff/list.html, are asking applicants to make an appointment before coming in.

When the appointment takes place, staff members will take the applicant's photograph and fingerprints, and notarize the application after it has been reviewed for completeness. It will then be sent to Tallahassee for processing. The seven-year license costs $117, which includes the licensing fee, fingerprinting and costs for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement criminal background check.

Bronson estimates that applicants who apply in person can expect to receive their licenses in two to three weeks.

Applicants can continue to apply for or renew their concealed weapon licenses by mail as they have always done, although the backlog in applications can mean a two to three month wait in receiving it.

Residents can review the basic eligibility requirements to receive a license by visiting the Division of Licensing's webpage at http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/eligible.html.

Individuals who are interested in obtaining a license by visiting a regional office or who want to learn more about the service can view a frequently asked question page at http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/cw_regional_faq.html.

You can call any of the eight regional offices listed below to make an appointment to file your application:

Fort Walton: (850) 833-9146

Jacksonville: (904) 448-4341

Tampa: (813) 272-2552

Miami: (305) 377-5950

Orlando: (407) 245-0883

W. Palm Beach: (561) 640-6144

Punta Gorda: (941) 575-5770

Tallahassee: (850) 245-5498

The seven-year license costs $117, which includes the licensing fee, fingerprinting and costs for a FDLE criminal background check.

Applicants can continue to apply for or renew their concealed weapon licenses by mail as they have always done, although the backlog in applications can mean a two- to three-month wait.