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House committee approves six-year license

March 11, 1999
By: Natalia Ona
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 727

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.