Louisiana drivers now have another option if they forget their driver’s license at home. LA Wallet will save drivers the headache of searching for their physical license when they are pulled over.
The LA Wallet is a joint design made by state police, department of public safety and the office of motor vehicles. Envoc, a Louisiana-based software development firm created the program. It is the first digital driver’s license in the country with a full-functioning, open to the public version in the Apple App store. The app is free to download and costs $5.99 to activate a license for legal acceptance.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of the new application in a press release. “Most people never leave home without their smartphones and with this App, they will never be without their driver’s license,” said Gov. Edwards. “State Police requested a “hands-off” and “no-touch” procedure that would not require them to hold a driver’s phone,” he added.”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.”
Chad Lacour helped developed the application with Envoc. “Number one, it is the first product of its kind to go live in the country. Louisiana and Envoc are going to lead the way in the digital driver’s license. So this is something all Louisianans could be proud of,” said Lacour.
The digital license is valid for the life of the user’s license insurance. Once a user’s physical license expires, they must renew it with the OMV and purchase a new digital license through LA Wallet.
However, users can update information, such as an address, on their licenses without purchasing a new digital license. Instead, they need only unlink and then relink the license to their cellphone.
The digital license will be accepted by state police, but official acceptance at restaurants, bars and by the Transportation Security Administration is pending approval, according to the online portal for LA Wallet.