NO SSN: Hamilton Co. CHL applicant obtains license in 8 days

Sat Aug 28 23:45:11 2004:

I wanted to give you an update on an experience with the Hamilton County SO while applying for a CHL.

I submitted the application without my SSN written down. The person handling the fingerprinting did not know this was acceptable; he had been told the Webcheck would not accept a submission w/o the SSN present -- that it was a "required field" for him to click "submit."

I produced a copy of Ohio AG Petro's notice about the giving of the SSN being optional, per federal law. After reading it with interest, he called a State agency, who let him know he could enter 000-00-0000 for the SSN and it would work (which it did). He was understanding, even though he tried to convince me to just put down the SSN at first.

Eight (8) days later I received the call that the CHL was ready to pick up! That's pretty fast, especially considering people have said leaving off the SSN will make it take much longer! Kudos to the HCSO for a professional and speedy job well done!

Thanks for your work for the people of Ohio,


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