Also not the posters question. Sorry but he may have accidentally done it right. Don't make the mistake of renewing early. Your expiration date will be backed up a month or more giving you 11 or fewer months month for your fee money
Example: Renew in December for a documentation
certificate that has an expiration date of January 31st. Your new renewed certificate will now expire on December 31st.
Its similar with passports. Many airlines won't allow you to travel to a foreign country if your passport is not valid for at least ninety days. Renew it 91 days or more early and you will loose three months or more of your fee money
Many people in government
(Federal and state) may seem stupid, but few in the revenue end of it are. These guys and gals know every trick in the book to cheat the citizens out of their money. It may seem like peanuts but multiply a few dollars by the number of people that get screwed by their public servants and it amounts to real money.
I just paid US Customs
over $4,000 in import
duty for to import
into the US that was built in a foreign country who's products are clearly and lawfully exempt from US import duty. Ten years ago we did the same thing duty free. When I asked why, a local customs
officer (I won't mention any names) was very apologetic and told me it seems that US Customs has a new lady lawyer in DC who is trying to make a name for herself by taking farfetched interpretations of both US law and the international treaty with this particular foreign country. I contacted the US embassy of this country and they were pissed to find this out too.