tynman, I applied for my FOID card and handgun permit at the same time and they were processed together. The fingerprinting was for the FOID card, not the handgun permit. The whole FOID card thing is a retarded redundancy. You go through the same background check for that, then every time you buy a gun you submit to the same background check. Now, though, you need a FOID card to buy ammo.
There's a bill pending in Trenton to change the FOID card (but I don't feel like looking it up right now) to a 5 year expiration (instead of a lifetime), charge somewhere around $100 for it, and have a photo.
What is the class you took for a concealed carry permit?