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Louisiana digital driver's license app free through May

Louisiana digital driver's license app free through May

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents seeking to carry their driver's license on their smartphones can download the app and activate their licenses for free through May.

LA Wallet was created in a 2016 state law by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James. It offers a digital version of the Louisiana driver's license, allowing motorists an option aside from carrying a physical license. LA Wallet is Louisiana’s and the United States’ first digital license app.

The app normally requires a $5.99 charge to activate the license. But the fee is being removed for the next month, hoping to encourage more people to use the service designed by the state police and Office of Motor Vehicles.

A digital driver’s license is exactly as it sounds, an official state identification that exists on a mobile device. Once a user creates an account and purchases their digital license (fee waived during May), all images and license data are accessed directly from the OMV.

When a user acquires a digital license using a network connection, the app securely stores and updates digital license data in real time. The digital license is then available at any time, even without a network connection.

The LA Wallet digital license is more than a digital photo. All information, license design patterns, owner’s photo, and other security elements are gathered separately and layered together to generate a pixel-perfect, fully rendered, dynamic image of the driver’s license.

Unlike a simple photograph of a driver’s license, this fully rendered digital driver’s license image within LA Wallet is a legally accepted form of identification at traffic stops.

If a user’s driver’s license status changes for any reason, LA Wallet automatically refreshes all new information from the OMV. This ensures that the user’s driving status is up-to-date on their digital driver’s license in case of a traffic stop.

The LA Wallet digital driver’s license is valid the lifetime of the user’s physical license. Most licenses expire after six years. If a user’s physical license is a few years old, the digital license will be valid for the time remaining on their physical license. Once a license expires, the user will need to renew their license with the OMV and purchase a new digital license.