I applied for a GFL 96 days ago and have been getting the usual excuses: AG's unofficial opinion, GBI backlog, even had a clerk make up a GA code section that forbade the judge from issuing without a complete background check. Today I found out about the ORI # on this forum. http://www.georgiapacking.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1463 So, today I called the probate court to check the status of my GFL again. The clerk gives me the usual story, it's not back yet, 15week GBI backlog, etc. So after the she gives me the run around, I asked for my ORI #, the clerk hesitated, then told me I would have speak to her supervisor. The supervisor gets on the line, I tell her I would like my ORI #. She gets real quiet for a moment and says she needs me to hold for a moment. After a minute she gets back on the line and says, "What was your question again?", I tell her again, she asks for my name again, I give it to her again. Now she shuffles through some papers and says, " Oh, I have your background check and application back from the GBI. Your permit should be sent out to you next week." Moral of the story: If you are still waiting for your GFL in Henry call and ask for your ORI # and see what their they say. I'll bet they have all background checks back a couple of weeks after the date of application. They just take their sweet time issuing the GFLs. BTW, I am new to the forum and just wanted to say thank you to everyone here. The information that you all provide is invaluable.