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    I am currently living outside the U.S. (Government contractor) but will be returning to Virginia next year. Problem is, my Virginia CHP expires in October of this year. Does anyone know if it's possible to renew by mail? The State Police website isn't very helpful on this topic.

    If it can be done, and you or someone you know has done it, any information you might have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.


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    You could certainly mail in the paperwork certified mail, nothing in state code about having to show up in person. Even if your county requies fingerprints, that can only be on *first time* applicants so don't let anyone try to convince you CHP renewal needs fingerprints too.
    Problem might be in receiving your CHP since some counties require you
    to come pick it up.

    Moderator Mike, how would you force a locality to mail it to you, or release
    it to a 3rd party? 45 day clock is for issuing the permit, does that imply
    ensuring it is physically in your hands?

    Also, if your renewal was denied then the clock starts (21 days?) for
    requesting an ore tenus hearing.


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    Unless you are a military member, you cannot force a court to issue based upon your domicile in Virginia. As a person not right now an actual resident" of Virginia, you can apply to the State Police.

    If you want your permit to be issued by the Circuit Ct. serving your domiciliary locality, then I would apply by mail with a nice one page simple letter to the Clerk explaining that you are temporarily deplyed on governmwent business and to please mail your permit to your domiciliary address in that locality (which I presume you stillmaintain." This is the ounce of sugar approach.

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    When mailing in the application I believe it has to be noterized.
    Revelation 1911 - And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

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    Or signed by a commissioned officer in the military. (which you might find if you're working as a government contractor)

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    I renewed mine by mail with Stafford county several years ago while assigned to the U.S. embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. . If you need notary service, check the consular section of the U.S. embassy. Most of the consular officers have notary powers. It will cost you for the notary service though.

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    Thanks for all of the helpful answers. I will send my paperwork off within the next few days, giving me six months to work out any kinks in the system. I'm working on a U.S. base so I can have all of my paperwork notarized by the base legal office. I'll send off my VCDL membership at the same time.

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