FORT MYERS, Fla.- The process of getting a concealed weapon license in Lee County used to be a little inconvenient.
“Run around town and collect fingerprints, get photos at different places,” said Lee County tax collector Larry Hart.
Starting Wednesday, however, it’s a one stop shop to apply. Lee County is the sixth county in the state to accept applications for a statewide concealed weapon license.
“Being that Fort Myers tax collector did this for us, it was a lot more convenient,” said first-time applicant Jim Cernuska.
By appointment only, people can come with their applications, get their fingerprint processed, picture taken, and back out the door in 30 minutes or less.
“The residents of Lee County don’t have to drive to Charlotte County to get this processed,” Hart said.
Cernuska said he lives just 10 minutes from the building on Thompson Street in Fort Myers. He had an appointment set in Punta Gorda, but was relieved to learn he won’t have to make the drive.
“Yeah, I had an appointment set up on May 28th to go up to Punta Gorda,” he said, “and I saw this in the newspaper and I came here today.”
The Department of Agriculture is the only office to process Florida concealed weapon licenses, but now that the Lee County tax collector’s office can accept those applications, it saves both time and resources.
The tax collector’s office does charge an addition $22 processing fee on top of the initial cost of $112.