So what would the advantage be to renewing your chp early if you actually lose time on your old permit? For example in Va if you renew your driver's license early the full eight years goes forward from when it was going to expire. But the chp forms all say that they are good for five years from the issue date. So if you go 180 days early you may actually be spending money before you have to if we look at it by the "letter of the law". Do some states run their chp like the driver's licenses and go from the expiration date?