Applied 6/23. Approved 8/22. Received 9/20. Of course, this wasn't without some work on my part. I know a few people have posted that 'bugging' the probate won't help, or may make it worse, but I'm not that kind of person. My mentality is that if I'm going to obey the law then so is the probate... so I went on my own little campaign to make sure I got what I paid for within the timeframe given by law. Your mileage may vary... they MAY decide to screw you over! Hopefully my experience woke up DeKalb probate that some people aren't going to stand by and accept the "6 month" party line. Excuse me if I'm long winded... I have a lot of time invested in this whole thing and I talk too much anways... which is most likely my problem. The application process is straight forward and outlined well in the county section of this website. My only advice is to check the paperwork after they print it for you to sign. I had to give my back about 5 times for little errors like name and address spellings. Of course, neither my name or address is simple... but check it line by line. After 1, 1.5 and 2 months passed, I went there, in person to ask how it was going. I think I said I was there on business and wanted to check while i was in the area. It was approved roughly 60 days after I applied... so I recommend going in about 2 months 1 week (at the minimum) after you apply. The probate (understandably), doesn't like to give out personal info on the phone, which is why I went in person. They may tell you if it's "active" or not over the phone... that means it's been signed. OK... the clock starts there when it's been approved. They "SHOULD" tell you this info in person for sure. The big problem I had was after it was approved (8/22), it was mailed 8/25. I figured 3 or 4 days but it never came. I waited a week, two weeks and went back in person again. Got the line that the mail was slow.. which I didn't buy. Finally, went as high as I could and after 3 weeks, I got it. My whole situation with the mailing is outlined in this thread: http://www.georgiapacking.org/forum/vie ... php?t=1028 Just a few other useful observations: Get the electronic prints!! They come back fast. I'm not afraid to admit it, but I have a prior misdemeanor and I got a letter from the probate asking for disposition on it about 3 weeks after I applied. That means that the background is NOT the holdup. To save yourself the time, if you have something that may throw up a flag (this is government, everything throws up a flag), attach some court documentation that lists the disposition of your offense. You can get copies for a small fee from the court. In this case, I think better safe than sorry. Stop in the court, in person and see how things are going. If you are happy to check the mailbox for 6 months and be dissapointed every day, then more power to you. If you are wondering why it's taking so long... drop by and say hello. Just say you were in the building on business and wanted to see how your permit was progressing while you were there. Toss a big smile and they'll look it up. If they say they mailed it and it's been a month... PM me... or else try to get an appt with the judge. Just be professional and keep the high ground. The real sad thing, and what really made me post this, was that my permit number was under 1500. I assume they use a sequential numbering scheme. So, I applied after mid-year, and at that rate, only 3,000 people will get permits in DeKalb this year. It's a HUGE county!!! Just check wsbtv.com every day and you'll join me in thinking that an armed public will put off a few of these criminals who run rampant over here. DeKalb PD has had 6 shootings in about a month and have lost a good percentage of their officers to turnover in the past 6 months... over 100 from what I heard. Response times will NOT get faster... in fact, they'll most likely get MUCH SLOWER. Better safe than sorry.. it's our right and its legal! Good luck!