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Well, I have 3 data points, because I’m an Idiot. I have let mine expire not once but twice. I applied late in 1987, Issued 1/19/1988 W871XXXX, so it looks like they give a number when they receive the application, not when issued. Also they don’t re activate your number if you reapply after expiration. So I’ve got:
Issued 7/6/1994 W941XXXX
Issued 8/9/2006 W262XXXX
All by mail.
 

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I know this is a necropost but I accidentally found this topic when Googling for something else.

LabGuy is correct - when your application first gets keyed into the system your license number gets assigned. Then it goes in queue and awaits its turn to be processed.

Regarding the number, mine is W89 (issued in 1989). Anybody got one older than that? :grin

Also, with the W25 numbers issued in 2005, I wonder what DACS is going to do in 2025 (which should also be W25)? Licenses issued in 2000 start with W20 and 2020 is only 5 years from now. Maybe for 2020 through 2029 they'll something do like WA20. I wouldn't think they'd do WX20 or WY20 because those would be the "overflow" numbers for 2000 (if 2000 had overflowed).
 

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Brian, we may need to rethink this whole w prefix vs the wx. My co worker's starts with wx my wife's w and same with mine. His was issued mid summer of 2016, wife's just last week. He has some background issues as a teen and my wife has a clear record.. Something to ponder?
 

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Brian, we may need to rethink this whole w prefix vs the wx. My co worker's starts with wx my wife's w and same with mine. His was issued mid summer of 2016, wife's just last week. He has some background issues as a teen and my wife has a clear record.. Something to ponder?
Well, it's not just the W part it's also the number part that comes into play. I would guess that you and your wife have ones that start with "W 17" while your friend's probably is a "WX16", yes?
 

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No, mine is W 14, hers w 17, his wx 16, but overflow numbers mid year?
 

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No, mine is W 14, hers w 17, his wx 16, but overflow numbers mid year?
Oh, I misunderstood - I thought you were saying yours and your wife's were issued about the same time, but that's not what you said.

Unfortunately Florida reports all of their CWFL stats by "fiscal year". Their fiscal year runs from 7/1 through 6/30 of the following year. For FY 2015-16 there 244,726 CWFL applications. This is by far the most ever in a single year. To make this a lot easier to discuss let's pretend that the rate applications were received was constant for the entire fiscal year. That would mean that by June 30th of 2016 there had been 122,363 applicants (half of 244,726).

The "W " prefix can accommodate 99,999 applicants, W 1600001 through W 1699999. So the 100,000th applicant would have been "WX1600001", and the 122,363rd applicant in 2016 would have been "WX1622362" - well into the WX range.

By way of comparison, the prior fiscal year (2014-2015) there were only 134,291 applicants. Again assuming an even distribution over time we'll say half of those (67,146) would have occurred by June 30, 2015. So by mid-year in 2015 they would not have made it into the WX range, but if the application rate was consistent through the end of the year (giving them around 134,000 for 2015) then they would have finished 2015 in the WX's.
 

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Oh, I misunderstood - I thought you were saying yours and your wife's were issued about the same time, but that's not what you said.

Unfortunately Florida reports all of their CWFL stats by "fiscal year". Their fiscal year runs from 7/1 through 6/30 of the following year. For FY 2015-16 there 244,726 CWFL applications. This is by far the most ever in a single year. To make this a lot easier to discuss let's pretend that the rate applications were received was constant for the entire fiscal year. That would mean that by June 30th of 2016 there had been 122,363 applicants (half of 244,726).

The "W " prefix can accommodate 99,999 applicants, W 1600001 through W 1699999. So the 100,000th applicant would have been "WX1600001", and the 122,363rd applicant in 2016 would have been "WX1622362" - well into the WX range.
 

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I know this is an oooolllllllddddd thread, but I just stumbled led upon it and had to chime in.
Mine is WX32, so apparently it won't be valid until 2032...but I will be carrying until then...butttt...if you happen see this before I post it in 2022, then be prepared for a horrible ride, Corona is going to ruin the world. Get ready to load up on cruise stock and dump it when you triple your money. Oh, and bit coin will hit over 60k then dive back to below 10k...so dump at 60...also, I'm sure you will think this is hilarious, but Joe Biden was elected as the most popular president in U.S. history and now goes by Brandon.
If you need more information about the future, just ask. Dont forget to hook me up...
 

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I know this is an oooolllllllddddd thread, but I just stumbled led upon it and had to chime in.
Mine is WX32, so apparently it won't be valid until 2032...but I will be carrying until then...butttt...if you happen see this before I post it in 2022, then be prepared for a horrible ride, Corona is going to ruin the world. Get ready to load up on cruise stock and dump it when you triple your money. Oh, and bit coin will hit over 60k then dive back to below 10k...so dump at 60...also, I'm sure you will think this is hilarious, but Joe Biden was elected as the most popular president in U.S. history and now goes by Brandon.
If you need more information about the future, just ask. Dont forget to hook me up...
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What kinda whack first post is this?
 

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Somewhere around here I have my original issued by Charles Bronson.
 
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