BATON ROUGE, La.-- The price of a Louisiana driver's license -- whether new or a renewal -- is going up.

Louisiana State Police announced on Friday that licenses will cost an additional $15 beginning March 8.

Col. Mike Edmonson, who's also the deputy secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections, says he has reviewed the program and determined there is a need to improve the convenience, security and integrity of the system. That includes driver's licenses that will be safe from terrorism, identity theft and fraud.

A basic license in Louisiana currently costs $21.50, while various other licenses such as a chauffeur's license or commercial license, costs more. All will increase by $15 beginning next month.

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