Your next Louisiana driver’s license and ID card designs will have new looks. The new features offer greater security, privacy protection and resistance to tampering. There’s a tri-color overlay, multi-colored fine-line printing and a ghost image of your photo.
The last update was in 2001.
“We are always looking for ways to better protect Louisiana citizens from fraud and identity theft,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Department of Public Safety Deputy Secretary. “Enhancing the security features of a Louisiana driver license and identification card reduces the possibility of criminals being able to counterfeit these documents that have become the national standard for identification.”
It is important to note that customers are NOT required to obtain a new license or identification card until their current one expires. The process for obtaining or renewing a driver license will not change and the cost will remain the same.
OMV Commissioner Stephen Campbell stated “We expect for all offices to have the new system in place by the end of May 2014. If you obtain a credential at an office that has not been converted to the new system, your license or ID is still valid.”
OMV anticipates it will take a minimum of four years to phase out the old design.
Many OMV services are available via their website at expresslane.org.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/14/14