The process to obtain, and the appearance of, Missouri state driver licenses and non-driver identification cards is changing in early 2013. Changes will reduce identity theft and fraud, and add additional security features to the licenses themselves.
All new and renewed driver licenses and non-driver identification cards will be issued with different features and designs through the updated process, beginning in December 2012. When applying for a license, the required paperwork and fees remain the same as before. However, you will now receive a temporary paper license while at the license office. The permanent license will be printed at a secure facility, and then it will be mailed to your home address in 7 to 10 business days. Temporary licenses will be valid for 30 days.
If your current identification or license does not yet expire, you do not need to make any changes to your card. You will receive an updated card with the new appearance once you renew, apply for a duplicate, or make a change to your address at your local Missouri license office.
According to the Department of Revenue, mailing new licenses and identification cards will help detect fraud and identity theft by requiring a valid address. Extra security precautions will now be taken before your license is issued, making it difficult for a person posing as someone else to receive a card on the spot.
For more information about the changes, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue at 573-526-2407 or visit http://dor.mo.gov/faq/drivers/newlook.php.