A bill that would make Louisiana the first state that offers a driver’s license app won final legislative approval Monday morning.
The state House endorsed the proposal 95-0.
Earlier Monday, the measure, House Bill 481, breezed through the state Senate 31-2. The chief sponsor is state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge.
Current law requires the state’s 2.9 million motorists to carry hard copies of their driver’s license when driving a car or truck.
The bill would give them the option of also downloading a copy of their driver’s license through an app offered by the state Office of Motor Vehicles.
The app would show the front and back of the driver’s license and serve as the same valid ID as a traditional license.
Both the House and Senate approved earlier varying versions of the bill.
Negotiators from both chambers then reached agreement on a final plan, which had to win final approval in both chambers.
OMV officials have noted that, even with the legislation, residents would be required to show a hard copy of their driver’s license for other things.
In addition, the app could be used for traffic stops and checkpoints, but law enforcement authorities could seek a physical copy of the license in other cases.
The app would cost motorists $3 to $5.