Posted: Mar 15, 2013 4:57 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Louisiana drivers licenses and state issued ID cards are being revamped to comply with the REAL ID Act. Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Stephen Campbell says the state is working with contractors on security enhancements, which are scheduled to be completed in September or October. While he wouldn't reveal details, he did say new drivers licenses and ID cards will include two pictures.
The state's deadline to meet federal standards was Jan. 15, but it was extended to mid-Fall. The U.S. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, and it requires ID enhancements to increase security at airports. Louisiana drivers won't be required to immediately get a new drivers license or ID card when the state rolls out new ones this Fall. Drivers can wait until their next renewal period, but frequent flyers may want to consider getting one right away. Without it, flyers will be required to travel with a passport, even on domestic flights.