Mo. House passes bill to stop document scanning

May 15, 2013

The Missouri House has approved legislation barring the state Revenue Department from scanning the personal documents of drivers' license applicants into a state computer system.

The House passed the measure 118-40 on Tuesday. It now returns to the Senate.

The Revenue Department began scanning documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons permits, in December. Agency officials say it provides more security to licensing. But Republican lawmakers objected to the procedures and argue it is an invasion of privacy.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced earlier this year the department would stop scanning gun permits, but not other source documents.

Under the legislation, the Revenue Department would also be required to securely destroy all documents collected since September 2012.