Last week I took a huge step toward protecting myself and my family: I applied for and received my CHL. Franklin County made the process very simple and clear! Given that turnaround times do vary based on numerous things (especially background checks), I was licensed and legal to carry in time for the weekend. I'll add some pointers for Franklin County applicants:
-Parking is $3 for the first hour or so in the parking garage. They do take plastic for parking.
-When you park, go the street level, walk around the building to the courtyard and look for the CCW office.
-Be ready to go through a metal detector (interpret that as you will). The guards will ensure you have your money if you are there for the application process. When they say EXACT change - they mean it!
-Be ready for a mug shot - the 2x2 photo you bring is not the one that goes on your license, they take another one.
-I made an appointment and the whole process took less than 10 minutes from the time I sat at the desk, to the time they took my photo and sent me packing.
-I was fortunate enough to get the text message to pick up my license about 3hrs later. Again - this will vary based on many things including your background check, and likely volume of applications they are processing. I am only sharing MY experience.
-This was an initial application, I don't know how renewals go.
Again, I just wanted to share MY personal experience and some provide some information I would have appreciated knowing beforehand. I'd also like to offer encouragement to any ladies out there considering getting their CCW. If you're feeling apprehensive for any reason feel free to message me.
Now, fingers crossed -- let's hope I never have to use it.
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US Army • 56M • 2003-2012