The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 1, 2013

Missouri halts copying of driver’s license documents

From The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation putting an end to a controversial policy in which driver’s license offices were making electronic copies of applicants’ personal documents.

Nixon announced he had signed the legislation Monday. The policy change took effect as law immediately.

The Missouri Department of Revenue in December had begun making electronic copies of birth certificates and other documents that were required to be shown by people applying for state driver’s licenses or identification cards.

The policy change caused a stir in the Republican-led Legislature, which convened several investigatory hearings into it.

The new law prohibits the department from keeping copies of such documents and requires the ones it already has gathered to be securely destroyed by the end of this year.