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June 23, 2011

Executive Order Extends Time Tornado Victims Won't Have to Pay State Fees for Replacement Documents

JEFFERSON CITY - Relief for Joplin area citizens who lost their state driver licenses, identification cards or vehicle ownership documents will be extended thanks to an executive order signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

"While everyone in Joplin has rightly focused on recovering and getting back to work, people and businesses shouldn't have to worry about paying for copies of documents that were lost in the storm" said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue.  "Gov. Nixon's extension will give tornado victims even more time to replace those important documents at no cost from the state."

Executive Order 11-19 extends an earlier executive order, which waived the regular state fees for duplicate or replacement motor vehicle or identification documents for Missouri citizens affected by the May 22 Joplin tornado.  People affected by the storm will now have until September 15, 2011, to get their replacement documents without any state fees being charged.  Had the executive order not been issued, the traditional fees would have begun to be charged earlier this week.

The documents or forms of identification that are covered by the executive order include motor vehicle titles, license plates, license plate tabs, driver licenses and nondriver identification cards.

Replacement documents can be obtained at the State of Missouri Resource, Recovery & Rebuilding Center, 705 Illinois Ave., Building A, in Joplin, (which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday), or at the local license offices in Joplin, Carthage and Sarcoxie. 


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