Report: App allows Louisiana drivers to keep digital copy of drivers license

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 18:22:07-04

A new app launching in a few weeks would allow drivers in Louisiana to keep a valid digital copy of their license on their smartphones, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report. 

The app, called La Wallet, will soon be available statewide in with the help from a state law amended in 2016 along with public and private partnerships. 

The law, Act 625, authorized Louisiana drivers to carry a digital copy of their license provided by the Office of Motor Vehicles as an alternative to a physical license. Citations can also not be given to people who present a digital copy of their license upon a stop by a law enforcement officer. 

The app, created by Baton Rouge Company Envoc, will be compatible with iOS and Android devices according to The Business Report. It will cost $5.99. 

The report also states that the Louisiana OMV has been in talks about adopting a digitized license program for motorists.

The arrival of La Wallet doesn’t mean Louisiana drivers should toss their physical licenses just yet. Drivers, at least for now, must still carry a hard copy. Though state police are already on board with adopting the digital license as a valid ID, other involved state agencies are still working to adopt the digital system.

Another important note: A digital license won’t work when it comes to boarding an aircraft.

Read more from the Business Report here.