Missouri to roll out new licenses, targets April for full switchover

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 12:42 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The state of Missouri is making changes to it driver’s licenses for 2013.

The changes not only affect the licenses, but the process for receiving a new one. Drivers will now no longer be able to pick their license up at the license office. Residents will leave the office with a temporary driver license.

Seven to 10 days later, drivers will receive their new license in an unmarked envelope.

The license will have a new look and new security features including laser perforations and special printing that reacts to UV lights as well as overlapping data onto a ghost image in the lower right corner of the license.

The new licenses offer laser perforations and two dimensional bar codes to help protect an owner’s identity and fight against fraud.

Missouri is also introducing a new vertical license for drivers under the age of 21.

For the first time all licenses will be made at a secure location in Jefferson City, so residents are encouraged to hang on to the temporary license before the permanent license arrives in the mail.

The Department of Revenue hopes to have the new licenses phased in by April, and according to the state, the changes come at no extra cost to tax payers.

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