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  • Edwards signs bill to let students use college IDs to vote

    June 10, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana college students will be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections in 2019. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced this week that the governor signed the proposal into law this week. The bill by Rep. Randal Gaines, a LaPlace Democrat, calls... more »
  • Soon you may be able to carry a digital driver's license in Louisiana

    June 8, 2016 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Make room on your smartphone because you may be downloading a new app soon: A digital version of your driver’s license. Tuesday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 481 allowing the Office of Motor Vehicles to issue drivers licenses on smartphones. Office of... more »
  • Bill to create electronic driver's licenses sent to governor

    June 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana drivers pulled over by police could soon show identification with a driver's license app, under a proposal sent to the governor. The bill to create electronic driver's licenses from Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, received final passage with a 95-0 House vote and... more »
  • Electronic driver's license bill moves to Senate for hearing

    May 4, 2016 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators will consider whether Louisiana drivers should be permitted to carry electronic licenses, after the proposal met little resistance from the full House. Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said people could only use the licenses for driving and not for identification at private... more »
  • House refuses REAL ID licenses, supports separate ID cards

    April 13, 2016 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers have refused to allow Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID law. But they did agree to let people pay for a special state-issued identification card compliant with the federal act. The House-approved proposal contrasts with the approach backed by... more »
  • Louisiana driver's license still gets you on plane

    December 30, 2015 9:58 AM

    MONROE- Louisianians can still use their driver's licenses to fly commercial airlines Friday, despite the state's failure to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Though the state secured a yearlong extension in October to comply with REAL ID, there remains some confusion among people who feared the requirement would... more »
  • Gonzales Police continue to seek ID of body found Saturday

    December 29, 2015 11:25 AM

    GONZALES - A Gonzales police detective says investigators believe a man whose body was found on the side of a city road Saturday was the victim of a homicide. Detectives say police still were trying to determine the man's identity and were awaiting autopsy results. Police Chief Sherman Jackson... more »
  • La. congressional members ask for extension on new ID rules

    October 6, 2015 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Most of Louisiana's congressional delegation asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to let state residents continue to use their driver's licenses to enter federal courthouses and offices. Louisiana driver's licenses won't have all security measures of the decade-old REAL ID law in time for an Oct. 10... more »
  • Flyers could see harder security checkpoints Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - If you're planning on flying next year, you may have a harder time getting on a plane. The REAL ID Act requires several documents that properly identify a person. As of now, Louisiana Driver's Licenses do not meet those federal regulations which went into effect... more »
  • New Louisiana public school student ID system developed

    May 5, 2015 5:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school students will soon be assigned new student identification numbers. The state education department says the Louisiana Secure Student ID system required under state law has been developed. Agency spokesman Barry Landry says the department is working with school districts to test the new system and regional... more »
  • Louisiana OMV implements new license design

    March 10, 2015 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting this week, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new format for Louisiana driver's licenses. The new layout will feature multiple security components and design features for greater security, privacy protection, and tampering resistance. "Through the implementation of these new designs, Louisiana citizens will... more »
  • Study: Matching faces to IDs fails often Play Video

    March 12, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU researchers say people fail at matching faces to ID photographs 40 percent of the time. Dr. Megan Papesh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at LSU, said their studies show recent photos with similar lighting were the easiest to identify, with 80 percent of people getting the match... more »
  • Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

    June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Journalists, bloggers or anyone else will be prohibited from publicly identifying applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill that will make it a misdemeanor crime to release the information received final passage Thursday and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure... more »
  • House rejects change in concealed permit ID bill

    May 28, 2013 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The final version of a bill to make it a criminal act for journalists, bloggers or anyone else to publish or release the names or addresses of applicants for concealed handgun permits will be worked out in a legislative compromise committee. The House on Tuesday refused to... more »

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