JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri drivers would be keeping their licenses longer under a plan passed Thursday by the House Motor Vehicle Committee.
The proposal would extend the current three-year license to six years, and would also link a driver's renewal date to his or her birthday.
Rep. Don Koller, D-Summersville, the bill's sponsor, said its main goal is to make things easier.
"It's just a convenience to the customers and cuts down on the lines at the busy motor vehicle department," he said. "And I just think it's good government."
Koller said the new system of using birthdays would also make license renewal easier to remember. He said the plan would create a setup that's similar to surrounding states.
"Presently, the driver licenses in Missouri are good for three years, and most of our neighboring states are good for 5 or 6 years," he said. "I'd like to be consistent."
Despite committee approval, the chances of the measure clearing the legislature this late in the session are slim.