Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sneak Peek at Missouri's New, Hi-Tech Driver License

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM

The new license includes security enhancements such as "laser perforation" that reveals a hidden image when held to certain types of light.
  • The new license includes security enhancements such as "laser perforation" that reveals a hidden image when held to certain types of light.

Getting a fake ID in Missouri is about to get a whole lot tougher. Beginning in April the state plans to switch to a new driver license intended to curtail identity theft and other kinds of fraud -- like drinking if you're under 21. Yep, that's right minors. You're totally fucked with this one. Don't believe us? Just take a look at the following image.   

click to enlarge under_21_mo.jpg

Yep, that's right. Your driver license is effin' vertical. The state may as well stamp "Minor" on your foreheads 'cause the only cocktail you're buying with this ID is a Kiddie. 

But besides all the gadgetry behind the new license (like temperature sensitive ink, ghost images and bar codes), the state has one more trick up its sleeve to make this ID fraud-proof: You can no longer pick it up right on the spot at the DMV.

The state will instead mail you the ID from a centralized site within seven to ten days. Why? Because mailing the license requires a valid address for those who might be posing as someone else. The license will arrive in an unmarked envelope.

The good news is that the state says the new driver license won't cost any more than it does now -- $10 for a basic, three-year license.

Still, are we perhaps getting a bit too clever for our own good? And does anyone else recall those Missouri driver licenses from the early 1990s -- the ones you could easily alter with a colored pencil? Take it from a former license artiste, those were the days to be underage in Missouri.  

See Also:

- Missouri House Passes Bill for English-Only Driver Exams
- Schemers Plead Guilty to Running Fake Document Lab
- Alice H. Gregory: Department of Revenue Clerk Accused of Taking Bribes to Process False Paperwork

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation