If you're thinking about applying for a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit, you can now do so online.

The Louisiana State Police unit responsible for issuing and managing those permits has set up a website to expedite and improve the application process.  State Police say that, when properly used, applicants can expect to receive their permits quicker than if they submitted the traditional paper application packet.

However, before you can apply online, you must have a valid email account.  That's because you will be sent a unique application number to be used throughout the process and instructions on how to make your payment once your application has been reviewed for eligibility and completeness and accepted.

As part of the new process, you'll no longer have to submit a passport photo.  That's because your Louisiana driver's license or identification card photo will now be used.   You can even submit your fingerprints electronically and there are instructions on how to do that on the website.