Here was my experience. I applied on 10/17/06 and got it on 2/5/07. Nearly 4 months. I paid 69 bucks--36 to sheriff, 33 to probate. Probate Lady was nice. Sheriff Lady was unpleasant. I went in after 3 months to say, "Where's my permit," but they claimed that had no way of checking its status. When I got it in the mail it was all bent up and creased. I bet it was Sheriff Lady. If you'd like to know more details, feel free to ask.