Here is Missouri it only take a couple weeks from start to finish. My wife and I and three other friends took the CCW class on a Sunday. Took our papers to the sheriffs office on Monday. Paid the money orders and had our finger prints done. We were called 10 days later to pick up our approved papers and then headed straight to the DMV to get our separate photo I.D. permit showing CCW. So very painless except for the 8 hour class.