Louisiana OMV will begin issuing REAL IDs

BATON ROUGE – Beginning Monday (Oct. 3), the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Earlier this year, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a law giving Louisiana citizens the option to get a REAL ID-compliant credential. 

“The goal of the REAL ID is to help safeguard against potential danger,"  Governor Edwards said. "This will help protect our family, friends and communities and reinforce our sense of public safety which we all value."

Soon, Edwards warned that those wanting to take commercial flights or enter a federal building will be required to present a REAL ID or two forms of identification. 

Travelers will not need a Real ID for air travel until October 1, 2020.

Customers must present certain documents to verify their identity prior to being issued a Real ID compliant credential including a certified copy of a birth certificate or an unexpired passport along with a social security card. Proof of Louisiana residencies, such as a utility bill or phone bill, will also be required. 

OMV will also retain a copy of identity documents eliminating the need to provide them in the future. A complete list of acceptable documents can be found at www.expresslane.org.

OMV Commissioner Karen G. St. Germain said citizens are not required to obtain a Real ID compliant
credential, however, the choice is now available.

For those who currently hold a valid driver’s license or ID, you will be offered the option upon renewal or if you request a duplicate.

More information about REAL ID can be found at www.expresslane.org.

(© 2016 WWL)


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