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Fairfax County is ticking me off - Dan the Serene
August 24th, 2009
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Fairfax County is ticking me off
I submitted the renewal application for my carry permit on July 8th. I handed all required documents, cash for the fee, and an SASE directly to the clerk, who confirmed that all was present and correct. That was 48 days ago. By law they are required to respond within 45 days.

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The court shall issue the permit and notify the State Police of the issuance of the permit within 45 days of receipt of the completed application unless it is determined that the applicant is disqualified. Any order denying issuance of the permit shall state the basis for the denial of the permit and the applicant's right to and the requirements for perfecting an appeal of such order pursuant to subsection L. An application is deemed complete when all information required to be furnished by the applicant is delivered to and received by the clerk of court before or concomitant with the conduct of a state or national criminal history records check. 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.

In contrast, I went to my local DMV office to renew my driver's license last Thursday, August 20. While I waited over an hour to spend less than four minutes at the counter, my information was forwarded to the processing facility in Danville and my new license arrived in the mail today.

I guess the state won that round in the bureaucracy wars. I will wait until Friday (52 days). If I have not received it by then, the phone calls will begin on Monday and escalate from there.

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From:skreidle
Date:August 25th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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Ah, Fairfax. City of Alexandria took precisely as long as legally permitted for Riss's last renewal there (and the woman at Alexandria asked not-legally-permissible questions about why Riss would want such a thing.) Spotsylvania, by contrast, had it processed within a week or so, volunteered to laminate it for free, was quite nice about it, was appalled that Alexandria would ask what they did, and firmly believed that everyone (legally permitted) should have their CHP.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 25th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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I'll add Alexandria to Fairfax and Arlington as the jurisdictions I'd least like to do business with. At least the clerk in Fairfax was cool (with her NRA mouse pad--VCDL would have been even better, but I'll give credit anyway) even if the rest of the bureaucracy isn't.
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From:visgoth
Date:August 25th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
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PWC took my single set of renewal forms, check, and a look at my current permit. They gave me the stamped envelope to put my address on, and had my new permit back to me in under 3 weeks.

OTOH, you live in a better school district, so that should be some comfort.
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From:daddygod
Date:August 25th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
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::snickering madly::
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From:nikolaithewolf
Date:August 25th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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So his dogs will get a better edumacation? :-P

I need to start the process on my renewal...since it is up next year.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 25th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
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Check the form to see how far out you can apply. Part of the reason I'm so ticked is that my current permit has expired while I'm waiting.
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From:dantheserene
Date:August 25th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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Which is why I thought it was so funny that I had to prove I lived in Fairfax. No one who didn't live in Fairfax, or possibly Arlington, would ever claim to live there for bureaucratic purposes. When I told the clerk I'd rather go to any other courthouse in the state, she laughed and agreed with me.
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From:morlith
Date:August 25th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Get in contact with VCDL. They deal with this BS all the time and can help you out.
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