The Missouri Department of Revenue has issued a reminder for the holiday season.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk to Director of Communications Ted Farnen:

Ted Farnen

Farnen says it may be a good opportunity to handle necessary business. “This is the time of year when some college students and members of the military make it home for the only time of the year,” said Farnen,” They can use this as a change to take care of some things that they might not otherwise think about or have the time to do.  One of those is checking to see if your driver’s license is close to expiring and the same for your license plates.”

Arriving at the office with the necessary documentation will ensure the process goes smoothly.  “Having the renewal notice for either of those is key,” said Farnen,” You also need to have certain identification.  For example, with the license plate, you have to show that the taxes have been paid on the vehicle.  A quick visit to our website can provide a list of what will be needed.”

Press Release:

The Missouri Department of Revenue is reminding college students, members of the armed forces and others returning home for the holdays to think about renewing their driver licenses and license plates while back in Missouri.

“When college students are home on their winter break or military personnel are on leave, its an opportune time for them to review wether their driver licenses or license plates are about to expire,” said Missouri Deparmtent of Revenue Driector Alana M. Barragan-Scott.  “While they are in Missorui, it’s a good idea to take care of those issues to avoid future hassles when driver licenses or license plates lapse.”

Barragan-Scott noted that many college-age students have drivers licenses that expire when they turn 18 and 21 years old.  There are about 358,000 licenses drivers aged 21 yers old and younger in Missouri.

In most cases, driver licenses can only be renewed in person at one of the 182 local license offices in Missouri.  Drivers can find the enarest local office by visiting the Department of Revenue’s website,  Driver license renewal notices are mailed to the last known addresses of licenses drivers about two months before the licenses expire.

Missouri allows renewal of drivers licenses by mail only for active duty members of the armed forces and their dependents who are temporarily out of state.  Qualified applicants must complete and send a renewal form along wih other required documents and fees.

Questions about driver license renewals can also be directed to or (573) 751-6400.

Meanwhile, license plates can be renewed through the mail, in person at a local license office, or in many cases, onlin. Renewal notices are mailed to a vehicles owner two months before the plates expire.

To renew a license plate online, drivers can visit and will need their personal identification number which is included on the registration renewal form.  Those who are not eligible include citizens of counties that are not participating in the program, and owners of specialty license plates where additional fees are required for sponsoring organizations.

All license plate renewals can also be handled through the mail.  Necessary documents and fees would need to be mailed to Missouri Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Bureau, P. O. Box 100, Jefferson City, MO 65105.  Questions about how to handle mail transactions, or any general questions about license plate renewal, can be directed to or (573) 526-3669.