A bill that would allow motorists to get an electronic driver’s license won approval Tuesday in the Louisiana House.

The vote was 88-8.

The measure, House Bill 481, next faces action in the state Senate.

The legislation would give the state’s 2.9 million motorists a way to download a copy of their driver’s license through an app that would be offered by the state Office of Motor Vehicles.

The app would show the front and back of the license and serve as a valid ID for driving purposes.

State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, sponsor of the bill, said even with the app many places would require a hard copy of the license.

James said if the bill becomes law downloading the app will not cost more than $5.

He also said Louisiana would be the first state in the nation to offer such a license.

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