State motor vehicles department will reverse no cash policy
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Motor Vehicles will reverse its no cash policy on most transactions as soon as Dec. 1.
The News-Star reports the department's commissioner, Karen St. Germain, confirmed the move late Friday, citing pressure from lawmakers.
But the policy won't be completely reversed. St. Germain says customers will be able to pay for their driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and titles with cash, but won't be able to do so for reinstatement fees.
Legislative audits in 2014 and 2015 recommended the DMV install safeguards to prevent or reduce employee theft. The audits reported at least $280,000 in stolen or misappropriated funds. Five employees were arrested.
St. Germain also said the no cash policy would make the agency more efficient and save taxpayer money.