COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Driver reports by endorsement, gender and county.
Why you’d want the records: This information is important if you want to do research on population shifts or growth by county or why there is a high or low number of accidents by county. This can also be of service to car businesses that want to see where the trends are in terms of safe and unsafe drivers or an overall increase in drivers.
Where you get the records: Go to http://dor.mo.gov/publicreports/ and go to the section at the bottom titled “Driver Reports.” In addition to being able to see driver reports by endorsement, gender and county, other options are given, such as driver reports by age within county.
How much will it cost: The information is free.