The New York Department of Motor Vehicles warns its citizens to plan ahead when it comes to obtaining or renewing their driver’s license. The busiest days of the month are the first and last days of the month. The first day of the month is busy from those who want to beat the rush or who just realized their license expired during the prior month. Then there are the procrastinators who put off the renewal until the very last day.

The New York DMV also warns its licensed drivers to reconsider any plan of completing the renewal process over their lunch hour. The message to drivers (and hopeful 16 year-olds) is to plan ahead because the process will take as long as required to ensure the license is properly issued. It is easier for a licensing authority to say ‘no’ than it is to take the license away once it has been issued.

Missouri funeral homes will face a licensing bottleneck of their own when Senate Bill No. 1 becomes effective August 28th. For the first time, the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors will be licensing hundreds of preneed sellers and providers.

Although Missouri funeral homes may be registered as preneed sellers or providers, the ground rules have changed drastically under Senate Bill No.1. Accordingly, an early decision the State Board will have to make under the new law will regard how to screen seller and provider license applications.

To avoid disruptions to operators’ preneed programs, the State Board may need to consider issuing provisional licenses that assure compliance with the fundamental requirements of Senate Bill No. 1.