When applying for a firearms license, have you ever wondered where your fingerprint card goes once you sign on the dotted line and turn it over? Well, follow along, and we'll see! One lesson I have learned is that it is better to get your fingerprints taken electronically if at all possible. Here is my current understanding of what happens: The Sheriff's Department takes your fingerprints. The Sheriff's Department's agency number is near the top of the fingerprint form. If they were taken electronically ("Livescan") then they are transmitted electronically to the GBI, GCIC. No person at GCIC touches the fingerprints. In literally minutes, the Georgia databace is tapped, and, assuming no problems appear in your record, the card goes (automatically and electronically) to the FBI, NCIC. Now, if they were ink fingerprints, they are mailed to GCIC. There is normally a 7-10 day turnaround time, but GCIC is currently running about 4 weeks due to a transfer to a new computer system and "budget cuts." I was informed in no uncertain terms that there is no 4-5 month wait occurring. Then, these are also forwarded to FBI, NCIC. The FBI, after checking NCIC, then transmits them back to the agency whose agency number appeared on the document (that is, the Sheriff's Department). I hope this helps. To my knowledge, nobody here has spoken to the FBI, NCIC to determine how long their check is taking. SInce it should be electronic at that point, it ought to take minutes, but I do not know at this point.