On July 1 everyone will be required show proof of who they are
OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County residents who plan to renew their driver's license need to be warned, July 1 everyone in Missouri will need to show proof of identification or proof of U.S. residency.
Under a state law passed last year, everyone obtaining or renewing a driver's license or permit must show proof of their "lawful presence" in the United States.
According to Maura Browning with the Missouri Department of Revenue, for U.S. citizens the Department of Revenue will require a birth certificate, valid passport, certificate of citizenship or naturalization. However, if a person married and has a different last name a copy of other paperwork explaining the change, such as a marriage license, must accompany the birth certificate.
Browning said non-U.S. citizens must provide documents to prove they belong in the country. The new law says driver's licenses for noncitizens will expire when their legal presence in the country ends.
Browning said U.S. citizens must provide the extra paperwork once, and after that the state's system will maintain the information, making future renewals simpler.
Oregon County residents may conduct their driver's license business in Alton at the office located on High Street. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dale Combs serves as the Alton license fee agent.
The Thayer licence fee agent is Gletta Clark. Her office is located in her business, CARS Inc., just north of Thayer on Highway 63. The Thayer office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.