Licenses to disclose concealed gun status

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:43 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Driver’s licenses are no longer just for height, weight, hair color, eye color and birthday.

Under the state’s new law legalizing concealed guns, Missourians licensed to conceal and carry must get new driver’s licenses that will announce a person’s concealed-gun permit in bright red type, the Department of Revenue said Monday.

The conceal-and-carry notification will be in the license’s upper-right corner — the same location that also announces whether a person is younger than 21.

Anyone issued a concealed-gun permit after July 1 will have seven days to apply for a new driver’s license. People who already have their gun permits should go to a Department of Revenue office to get a new driver’s license.

“We’re encouraging those individuals to come in as soon as possible after July 1 to get the endorsement,” said department spokeswoman Jessica Robinson.

More than two-thirds of Missouri counties — 81 of 114 but not the independent city of St. Louis — are now offering residents the ability to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Most Missourians 23 and older who have not been convicted of a felony and have passed a safety training course can apply to their county sheriffs for a conceal and carry permit with a $100 application fee. Before the permit is issued, however, the applicant must pass state and federal background checks.

The legislature only legalized concealed guns last year, and the law had been delayed in court challenges until the state Supreme Court upheld it in February. However, the Supreme Court found a flaw in the law’s wording that prohibits the application fee from being used to pay for the background checks.

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