Cleveland County sheriff's office changing hours for fingerprinting and SDA application services.

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office will modify its operation hours for fingerprinting and Self Defense Act application services effective Nov. 20.

Beginning that day, people may visit the sheriff's office from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday to turn in SDA applications and be fingerprinted for various reasons. CCSO will not process applications or fingerprint individuals on federal holidays or Thanksgiving week.

Sheriff Joe Lester said his department has seen a decrease in the number of SDA applications in recent months. At the beginning of the year, employees processed about 100 applications a week. Since early summer, the number has dropped close to 40 in a week.

"Earlier this year, we increased SDA processing and fingerprinting hours to meet the high demand," Lester said. In June, the number of applicants began to lower. After examining the statistics, we decided to reduce application and fingerprinting times."

The materials needed for processing SDA applications and fingerprinting services can be found on CCSO's web site at

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, community liaison/public information officer. McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.