After scanning the CCW thread here for how long it takes, I noticed one of the last posts mentioned something about going to a regional office for the FL Dept. of Agriculture to submit your application for a CCW. I, like an idiot, let my complacency get the best of me and never renewed my CCW and have gone past the 6 months. I've been dreading the unbearable wait to re-do everything until yesterday when I started researching this. As of October 2009, you can now make an appointment with any of the 8 regional offices for the FL Dept. of Agriculture. They give an estimated 2-3 weeks until you receive your CCW ( read on here yesterday that some have received theres in as little as 8 days.). All you need to bring w/ you to the appointement is a current for of ID, a copy of documentation of firearms safety or a DD214 and a check for $117, (personal, cashiers or money order). At the appointment you fill fill out an online application and then will have your picture taken as well as your fingerprints. This is just a quick note to get more notice out about the new alternative. I do suggest that if you are interested in applying this way, you check out the FL Dept. of Agricultures web site for the most up to date info from the state andwhat you need. Maybe someone here can paste a link for the state to this thread, I would, but I'm still kinda puter illiterate. I made an appontment for my Dad and myself this Friday and will post back how the experience went. HTH.