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.
VSC 18.2-308 6.D
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.