Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a controversial new driver's license process is not an attempt to "mess with people" by building a database of personal information.

Nixon responded during a news conference Wednesday to complaints by some Republican lawmakers about a new licensing process in which clerks make copies of applicants' documents such as concealed gun permits and birth certificates. Some Republicans fear Missouri may be trying to implement the 2005 federal Real ID law, which set stringent proof-of-identity requirements for photo IDs.

Nixon denied that Wednesday, noting that he signed a 2009 Missouri law prohibiting the state from implementing Real ID.

The governor says his administration is, quote: "not collecting a bunch of unuseful data to send to some sort of magical database someplace to mess with people."