My eldest sons' FAC application is in with West Mercia at the moment, sent beginning of Feb and they have it logged as the 3rd Feb on their system..
As its his 17th birthday today and he has been pestering for a while I said I would give Malvern a call for a bit of an update. They confirmed that all paperwork with them and that referee papers also received many weeks ago.
However due to the backlog of new applications they are only just onto January applicants - therefore they expect it will be 3 to 4 weeks to get to the top of the pile.
Even that will only trigger the FEO visit so it will be a good few weeks beyond that for a ticket!!
So I imagine 21+ weeks from application is what its looking like .
I know for the guys in N.Ireland that would be good going but not so fantastic over here!
I won't knock West Mercia as they could have given me a much rougher ride with my own first FAC last year but its certainly a sign of the times with cutbacks and lack of resource and I don't suppose will improve any time soon..