Gov. Ricketts, Nebraska State Patrol Highlight Success of new Online Renewal Process for Concealed Handgun Permits
Luke Robson, 402-471-1967
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc highlighted the success of the first three months of operation for a new online renewal process for Concealed Handgun Permits (CHP). Nebraskans are benefiting personally from the time-saving option, while the NSP is seeing greater efficiency with savings in both time and cost.
“At the state, we are always looking for new ways to make state government work better for Nebraskans,” said Governor Ricketts. “This new online renewal process for Concealed Handgun Permits is just another example of how we are working to make state government more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused. These first three months have shown just how beneficial this new process will be for Nebraskans exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.”
The NSP officially launched the online CHP renewal process in October and issued more than 1,800 renewals through the online system by the end of 2017.
“The online renewal process is a major time-saver for both the public and NSP staff,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “But at the same time, NSP utilizes the exact same security protocol making sure the system is safe and ensuring that only qualified CHP renewals are approved.”
An online renewal saves NSP approximately 35 minutes per application, which amounted to 610 hours of savings in the final three months of 2017. During 2018, the first full year of operation for the online CHP renewal system, NSP staff members are projected to save more than 4,700 hours.
The public saves even more time with an online renewal, eliminating the requirement to travel to an NSP office and the time spent on the paper form. NSP estimates this will save the average citizen one hour in the process to renew a Concealed Handgun Permit. There is an online renewal fee of $4.50. New CHP applications must still be completed in person at an NSP office.
“The time and cost savings already achieved through the online system are encouraging,” said Bolduc. “We saw 72 percent of renewals use the online system in the first three months. We hope more people will take advantage of this time saving option in the coming years.”