utah-ccw-photo.pngThe letters came in the mail this week from the Utah Department of Public Safety announcing the pending expiration of our Utah CCW permits. It’s hard to believe that another five years has passed since we last renewed. It’s equally hard to believe that ten years ago (while still in K-Stan) we applied for our original Utah permits.

So, after taking a couple of mug shots of ourselves and making photos of our current Arizona permits, we went on-line and applied for renewals. Before that, we ran the mug shots through the Photo Tool on the State Department’s Passport Photo site in order to comply with the Utah photo ID requirement.

The entire on-line session took less than a half hour for both of us. We paid a $15 renewal fee plus a $0.75 “convenience” fee for each renewed permit. We did this now, rather than in August when the permits expire to avoid the $10 increase in renewal fees as of July 1, 2018. Non-Residents will pay $25 after that while Utah residents will increase from $10 to $20.

Of course, it’s patently ridiculous to pay for a permit to exercise a God-given and Constitutionally protected right, but it is what it is. By the way, our Arizona permits give us “permission” to carry in 38 states and we only apply for Utah to be covered if, and when, we visit Washington State which is not reciprocal with Arizona. Is it worth an extra $50 for us to have Washington? Probably not next time. Hopefully, National Reciprocity will preclude that.