09/17/14: Pinellas Tax Collector announces fast-track concealed weapon permit application processing service

Pinellas Tax Collector announces fast-track concealed weapon permit application processing service

Appointments now available at www.taxcollect.com/cwp or by calling 727-464-7777

CLEARWATER, FL, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 – Beginning Tuesday, September 30th, local residents will be able to apply for their Florida concealed weapon permit at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s main office at 315 Court Street in downtown Clearwater. There will be a $22 convenience fee, which includes fingerprinting and ID photo, in addition to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ licensing fees.

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson said, “I am pleased to announce that the our office will be one of five pilot counties to partner with the FDACS to process concealed weapon permit applications. The FDACS regional offices cannot keep up with citizen demand. I have heard numerous complaints from residents about long wait times for appointments, sometimes six weeks or more, and about having to drive to their office in Tampa. By offering this service at our main branch in downtown Clearwater, Pinellas residents will have a faster and more convenient option. We are always looking for opportunities to make our residents’ lives easier.”

The FDACS will still process Florida concealed weapon permits. Due to rising demand, select tax collector offices have been given the authority to take applications, photograph and fingerprint applicants and send the information securely to FDACS for final approval and permit issuance. There are currently more than 1.3 million concealed weapon permits in Florida. More than 177,000 new licenses were processed last fiscal year.

“We are happy to be able to expand this service to improve the timeliness of concealed weapon licenses to Floridians,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said. “Offices in five counties will open this year, with another 10 counties scheduled to come online next year.”

Fast track your concealed weapon permit application process by submitting it in person at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s downtown Clearwater office. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please go to www.taxcollect.com/cwp or call 727-464-7777.

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