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New App Allows Louisiana Residents to Keep Their Driver's License on Their Phone

Governor Edwards announced Tuesday afternoon that Louisiana’s new digital driver’s license application is available to the public.

LA Wallet, developed by the Louisiana Division of Administration, allows users to keep a digital representation of their Louisiana-issued state ID or driver's license. The app can generate a unique image that is 100% legal, but strictly for driving purposes according to Louisiana law of Act 625. Usage at restaurants, bars, and retail outlets is in the pipeline.

"Most people never leave home without their smartphone and with this app, they will never be without their driver's license. State Police requested a 'hands-off' and 'no touch' procedure that would not require them to hold a driver's phone. Rep. Ted James, who authored the legislation that led to the creation of this app, is to be commended for his work, as well as the team of Louisianans who designed it," said Edwards in a press release.

The application is free to download on the Apple and Android app stores, but there is a $5.99 charge to activate a driver's license or ID to be legally accepted. Once a physical license expires, the user must renew their license with the OMV and purchase a new digital license through the app. The user's license always stays up to date in the app. If a driver updates their address, the app notifies them to unlink their old license and relink their new one.

According to OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain, the app “has been tested with all industry-standard security measures and with PIN protection” and it “does not track nor ask to track the user’s location at any time.” If a phone containing the LA Wallet app is stolen or lost, a user can log in to the online portal and unlink their information from the device.

If you have sustained an injury in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, please contact our Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Anderson Boutwell Traylor today. We can help you recover compensation for injuries sustained in an accident, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering.

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