Yes, even though this is an OC forum, most of the folks here are quite adamant about the court clerks following the law on this matter.
I know this is an Open Carry group, and I OC a lot and have for a long time, but I figure more than a few of you have VA CHPs and might offer some advice.
There are several threads with good advice on how to handle this situation, should it happen, and I'm sure much of it will be repeated here as well.
Here is the relevant part of the law:
D. [...] If the court has not issued the permit or determined that the applicant is disqualified within 45 days of the date of receipt noted on the application, the clerk shall certify on the application that the 45-day period has expired, and send a copy of the certified application to the applicant. The certified application shall serve as a de facto permit, which shall expire 90 days after issuance, and shall be recognized as a valid concealed handgun permit when presented with a valid government-issued photo identification pursuant to subsection H, until the court issues a five-year permit or finds the applicant to be disqualified. [...]It's crystal clear, and it should take no longer than 5 minutes of actual time for the clerk to write "45 day time limit expired" on the application and make you a copy.
The thing that is really irritating is that according to the law, this should happen automatically, but I doubt that ever happens.