09/26/14: Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, Sen. Wilton Simpson and Rep. James Grant to visit Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office for concealed weapon permit processing service opening on Tuesday, September 30th

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September 26, 2014
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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, Sen. Wilton Simpson and Rep. James Grant to visit Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office for concealed weapon permit processing service opening on Tuesday, September 30th

Beginning Tuesday, September 30th, Florida residents with an appointment will be able to fast-track their concealed weapon permit application by submitting it in person at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s main office in downtown Clearwater.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, Sen. Wilton Simpson and Rep. James Grant will visit Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson to celebrate the grand opening of this new service.

New legislation, introduced by Sen. Wilton Simpson in the Senate and Rep. James Grant in the House, allows five tax collectors’ offices to begin accepting concealed weapon permit applications in 2014. Pinellas is one of the first five pilot counties to offer this service.

Who:

– Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam H. Putnam

– Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson

– Sen. Wilton Simpson

– Rep. James Grant

What:

– First residents to apply for concealed weapon permits through this new partnership

– Equipment demonstration

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office, 315 Court Street, 3rd Floor, Clearwater, 33756

Beginning Tuesday, September 30th, local residents with an appointment will be able to apply for a Florida concealed weapon permit at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s main office located 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.

“I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our services again to better serve the residents of Pinellas County,” Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson said. “To help the FDACS’ regional office in Tampa keep up with citizen demand, our office was selected as one of five pilot counties in Florida to accept concealed weapon permit applications, photograph and fingerprint applicants and submit their application package securely to FDACS for final approval and permit issuance.”

“Our partnership with the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office enables us to provide more convenient options for Floridians to apply for or renew concealed weapon licenses and process applications more efficiently,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I appreciate the support of Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson and other tax collectors around the state who are interested in providing greater service to their communities.”

“I’m proud of the work we did in Tallahassee and in partnership with Commissioner Putnam, Senator Simpson, and tax collectors like Diane Nelson to ensure we provide the most efficient services to Floridians that are looking to apply for concealed weapons,” said Representative James Grant, sponsor of House Bill 523.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit www.taxcollect.com/cwp or call 727-464-7777.

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office responsible for collecting and distributing state and local taxes, and for providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com/newsroom.

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