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Lawmakers question driver's license cost increase

5 years ago March 08, 2010 Mar 8, 2010 Monday, March 08 2010 Monday, March 08, 2010 10:01:35 AM EST in News

The cost of a Louisiana driver's license went up $15 Monday, and lawmakers are questioning the jump in price.

A basic license now costs $36.50, up from $21.50.

The Louisiana State Police announced the price hike less than two weeks ago.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of the Department of Public Safety that oversees the state motor vehicles office, says the cost increase covers a federal mandate that requires a more extensive state identification program to protect against identity theft and fraud.

The federal government imposed the requirement in 1993, and Edmonson says his department has been absorbing the cost of the mandate ever since.

State Sen. Lydia Jackson called the license price hike a tax.

Sen. Joe McPherson announced he will call a special transportation committee meeting to discuss the increase.

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