We Won! City Hall DMV Office Remains Open!

This post is to save information on the issue for future reference on county offices.

Thank you to everyone who already signed the petition and wrote letters.  5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge and I changed the January 21st event to a 5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour/Meeting at 314 The City Bar, Downtown and the January 28th Letter Writing Party was changed to a 7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour at Nadine’s. 
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dmv32-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Downtown Save City Hall
DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour #1
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington

RSVP by 10 pm January 20th, 2018

Sponsored by 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski7th Ward Independent Democrats

Contact: *Marie Ceselski 314-630-7599 ward7stl@aol.com

Attendance Prizes
Cash Bar

Please join us to write letters to State officials in support of retaining the State of Missouri Motor Vehicle License Fee Office at City Hall.

Stationary, pens, and postage will be provided. But bring your own if you’d like. 

In lieu of a handwritten letter, if you’d like to write and print a letter in advance to bring with you, see addresses of State officials below.

There is also Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour on Janaury 28th.

If you can’t make it to any of the Letter Writing Happy Hours, there is also an online form to use.


The St. Louis City Collector of Revenue has run the DMV License Office at City Hall for 17 years without issue. Now the State says the office hours are a problem. City Hall is only open 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, no evening or Saturday hours.

Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly’s DMV License office serves 60,000 customers a year. They are obviously doing something very, very right.

Last month, the State awarded the DMV contract to someone in Florida for an office location yet to be announced. Wherever it is, it will not be as convenient as the City Hall office. This is a fact.

Customers rave about the services and convenience of Collector Daly’s DMV License Office. A fair number of customers are from St. Louis County.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a copy of their Missouri Birth Certificate to do business with DMV.

  • You must bring a certified copy of your Birth Certificate to renew/update a Driver’s License or obtain/upate a Non-Driver Photo ID. The City Hall DMV and Recorder of Deeds Birth Records Department are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a copy of their St. Louis City Issued Marriage License to do business with DMV.

  • If you marry and want to take you spouse’s surname or hyphenate surnames, you must bring a certified copy of your Marriage License to DMV. The City Hall DMV License Office and Recorder of Deeds Marriage License Department are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office eliminates an important resource for charities assisting people who are unhoused.

  • You need a Photo ID to apply for job training, jobs, housing, aid, and to vote. St. Louis Area Charities partner only with the City Hall DMV to provide Photo IDs to the unhoused. This partnership is unique and only possible because the City Hall DMV and Recorder of Deeds Birth Records Department are located in the same building.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office will suppress voting in the City of St. Louis.

  • The State now requires a Photo ID to vote. Instead of making it easy to get, moving the City Hall DMV away from the Birth Certificates needed to obtain the Photo ID makes it more difficult.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people without internet access who need a Copy of their Property Tax Receipt to renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Collector of Revenue are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a Personal Property Tax Waiver to renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Assessor are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who pay Personal Property Tax in person before they renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Collector of Revenue are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Instead of eliminating convenience, the State should be looking at how to replicate the convenience of St. Louis City Hall services- DMV License, Birth Certificate, Property Tax Waiver, and Property Tax Payment services all on the same floor, same building.



About The Letters

At Sunday’s Save City Hall Letter Writing Happy Hour. we’ll be writing to four State Officials. In lieu of a handwritten letter, if you’d like to write and print a letter in advance to bring with you, here are the names and addresses:

Hon. Eric Greitens
Governor of the State of Missouri
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 216
Jefferson City, MO  65101

Joel Walters, Director
Department of Revenue
Harry S. Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street, Room 670
Jefferson City, MO  65101

Tracy McGinnis
Commissioner’s Office
Office of Administration
State Capitol Building, Room 125
P.O. Box 809
Jefferson City, MO  65102

Carla Duppong
Division of Purchasing
Harry S. Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street, Room 630

Jefferson City, MO  65101

Again, if you can’t make it to any of the Letter Writing Happy Hours,there is also an online form to use.

*Disclaimer: Marie Ceselski, a host of this event, is a City employee in the Recorder of Deeds Office. She is hosting the event as the elected 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, not as a City employee. She does not represent the Recorder of Deeds or City of St. Louis on this or any other matter.
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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

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An Open Letter to State Rep. Shamed Dogan

vote-counts1Dear State Representative Dogan:

I read with great interest your 11/29/2016 guest column “How Missouri’s new voter photo ID requirement works” in the St. Louis American.

As a committeewoman, one of my jobs will be to assist voters in complying with the new law. Sadly, your guest column did not answer any of my questions. So, I am respectfully requesting that you write a follow up column on how one gets a copy of a Missouri Birth Certificate without having a Photo ID.

For example, the mail-in method for a Birth Certificate Copy requires a notarized signature. Perhaps you could provide a list of public notaries in each county and the City of St. Louis who notarize signatures without a Photo ID.

For example, the walk-in method for a Birth Certificate Copy requires a Photo ID of the copy applicant. The copy applicant may be an immediate relative. If the voter’s immediate relative with a Photo ID does not live locally, does the General Assembly plan on paying for transportation, lodging, and compensation for use of a vacation days or lost wages? What if there is no immediate relative with a Photo ID or the voter is not on speaking terms with any immediate relative with a Photo ID?

And how does the Free Supportive Documents work since reimbursement would still place a financial burden upon the voter? Requiring a fee of any kind to vote is a poll tax, as I am sure you are aware.

Counties, including the City of St Louis, pay the State of Missouri to access the State’s Vital Records database and the copy fees are deposited to county general revenue. The Hancock Amendment would prevent the General Assembly from forcing county Vital Records offices to give out free copies.

Or is the plan for voters to get their Free Birth Certificate copies from Jefferson City? Sir, try doing that as a citizen who is not an elected official. See how long it takes to get the copy or if you get the correct copy the first time. Then try helping someone with the surname Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Smith, or Williams get a correct copy from Jefferson City.

And has anyone considered the type of identity fraud and possible aiding of terrorism if the Missouri General Assembly lifts the Photo ID or notarized signature provisions for Birth Certificate copy requests and just lets anyone write in for a copy?

And then there’s the money for all this. But, for right now, I just want to know how you think this will really work.

I look forward to the answers.

Sincerely,
Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
St. Louis City