OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Health Department is trying to make it easier for residents to obtain the documents needed to meet the new drivers license requirements that went into effect July 1.
"As of the first of this month, Missourians will have to show proof of identity and proof they are lawfully in the United States before they can get a new driver's license or renew their current license," said health department clerk Terri Wrenfrow.
She said the health department issues certified copies of birth certificates for $15 per copy. "This can be done at the Thayer office Tuesday and Wednesday or at the Alton office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"This is a simple process for Missouri residents that were born before 1920. We print the certified copies of the birth certificates right in our office," Wrenfrow said. She said just last week a man came in the office seeking information on how to obtain a birth certificate so he could renew his drivers license.
"For those born before 1920 in Missouri we have to give them the address of the Missouri Department of Health and an application. They will have to send their money and it should take a couple of weeks to get the certified birth certificate," Wrenfrow said. She added the same goes for a person who was born in another state. "They will have to mail their request to the state they were born in," she said.
"We mainly want to remind people that know their driver's license is up for renewal not to wait until even the month it is due to get a certified birth certificate. They need to get started on it right now so they will be prepared," Wrenfrow said.