Some Drivers Have Long Wait for Birth Certificate
The delay is because of how difficult it is to access older peoples' records, especially older birth certificates.
"We are behind on those by about six months, so you know that's something that people are very concerned about," said Nanci Gonder of the Department of Health and Senior Services. "They hope to get their birth certificates immediately, but there is just too much work that has to be done."
Critics worry that the system will fall even more behind if thousands of people request their birth certificates. James Jackson is one mid-Missouri driver who's unhappy about getting a birth certificate just to renew his license.
"It might be a little more of a hassle," he said, "like it took me twice to come down here. Once to come down here and then having to go back and try to find my birth certificate in my mom's house. It was more of a hassle, so I think it's going to be a bit of a hassle for everybody."
People who have never had a Missouri birth certificate will wait the longest. If there's one on record, you can get it at a state or local health agency, or by mail which could take a couple of weeks.