Cleveland County Sheriff's Office will expand its hours of operation to handle increased number of Self Defense Act applications.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will increase its operation hours for fingerprinting and Self Defense Act application services effective Feb. 13.

Beginning that day, people may visit the sheriff’s office from 1 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday to turn in SDA applications and be fingerprinted for various reasons.

Sheriff Joe Lester said CCSO has seen an increase in the number of SDA applications in recent weeks. Six months ago, employees processed about 50 applications a week. The number has since doubled.

“By adding an extra two hours a week, we hope to meet the growing demand for SDA licenses,” Lester said. “Please be patient when you arrive to fill out your paperwork and we will be with you as soon as possible.”

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.