Alerts

1/25/2022

Louisiana OMV Closures

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, the following OMV locations are temporarily closed:

Reopening dates are tentative and will be posted when they become available.
Click here to view a complete list of open offices and Public Tag Agents.
1/15/2022

Bossier City OMV Branch Set to Reopen at New Location

OMV NEWS RELEASE
January 14, 2022

The Bossier City Office of Motor Vehicles location will reopen at a new site on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Guests can visit the new Bossier City office at 5050 Industrial Drive Extension Suite 600, Bossier City, Louisiana 71112. The office is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can schedule an appointment by clicking on the ‘Book Appointment” icon located at www.expresslane.org

“We’re excited to reopen our Bossier City office at this new location and continue serving the great citizens in northwest Louisiana,” stated OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain. Customers can view a complete list of services provided at the Bossier City field office by clicking on the “Open Offices” icon at expresslane.org. 

1/2/2022

Louisiana OMV Reinstatement Call Center to Resume Normal Business Hours

Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) call center will resume normal business hours for customers seeking driver’s license reinstatement services. Reinstatement services through the OMV call center are available by phone, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., by dialing (225) 925-6146 and selecting option three. The extended hours for reinstatement from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. are no longer available. Driver’s license reinstatement transactions cannot be processed at OMV field offices.

Reinstatement can only be processed in the following ways:

1. Phone: OMV Call Center, (225) 925-6146 (Option 3)
2. Mail: OMV Mail Center, P.O. Box 64886, Baton Rouge, LA 70896
3. Public Tag Agents (PTA): PTAs can perform limited reinstatement transactions. 
        Visit www.expresslane.org for a complete list of PTAs. 

Customers are encouraged to check their driver’s license status at expresslane.org to view any flags, blocks, suspensions or disqualifications that would prevent a driver’s license or vehicle registration transaction from being processed. If a customer has flags on their record, they must clear those flags before obtaining any OMV service. 
12/22/2021

Face Covering Required at OMV Field Offices

All state employees, contract employees and visitors are required to wear face masks while in OMV field offices, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. 
12/16/2021

Autism Indicator Now Available on Louisiana Driver’s Licenses

OMV NEWS RELEASE
December 16, 2021

Eligible Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles customers can now request to have an “Autism” indicator added to their driver’s license. Qualified applicants include any person diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by a qualified medical or mental health professional. The autism indicator will appear under the customer’s picture on the license.

The autism indicator is optional and can be removed from a credential at any time, as requested by the applicant. The “Autism” designation can be displayed on any class driver’s license, including the TIP, but may not be placed on Class I (Identification Card) or Class H (Handicap Identification Card) credentials. Applicable fees are required for driver’s license processing if adding or removing the Autism indicator.

Applicants must provide one of the following documents to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles in order to have the designation added:

• Medical Examiner’s Certification of Autism Spectrum Disorder form completed by the medical or mental health professional 
• A statement from a qualified mental health professional licensed in Louisiana or any other state or territory of the United States verifying the applicant’s disability.

A driver’s license with an Autism indicator cannot include the “Veteran,” “I’m a Cajun” or “100% DAV” indicators. The Autism indicator can only be combined with the “Needs Accommodation” indicator. If the driver’s license indicates “Autism,” but not “Needs Accommodation,” a puzzle piece symbol will appear on the license with the autism designation below the picture. If the driver’s license indicates both “Autism” and “Needs Accommodation,” the autism designation will appear below the picture in addition to “AN” above the picture.
 
LA Wallet users can display the Autism indicator on their license in the LA Wallet app. If an applicable license is currently linked in LA Wallet, simply unlink the license in the menu and add it back to get the updated image.
11/24/2021

Happy Thanksgiving! All OMV field offices will be closed Nov. 25-26

All Louisiana OMV locations will be closed Thursday, November 25, 2021, and Friday, November 26, 2021, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Customers are encouraged to schedule an appointment and utilize OMV's online services at www.expresslane.org.
11/22/2021

Two OMV Locations to Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Due to the impacts from Hurricane Ida, the Kenner and Reserve Office of Motor Vehicles locations will be closed until further notice.  
10/28/2021

COVID-19 Update

In an effort to limit exposure and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is urging its customers to utilize available online services before visiting an OMV field office. 
10/7/2021

Louisiana OMV Implements New Interpreting Service at Field Offices

NEWS RELEASE
October 7, 2021

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) and LanguageLine Solutions have partnered to offer a free, on-demand, language interpretation service to non-English and limited English speaking customers. LanguageLine phone interpreting services quickly connects OMV visitors with a highly trained interpreter within seconds. Interpretation services are available in over 240 languages at all OMV field offices. 

 “This is a vital service that empowers our guests and allows our agency to continue providing the highest level of customer service in an innovative fashion,” stated OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain. “This new, exciting service is fast, reliable and secure.”

Visitors can verbally notify the OMV employee of their preferred language, or select it on the provided language ID card. Louisiana OMV employees will then connect the guest to an interpreter via a dual handset phone. During the call, the interpreter will assist the customer to ensure clear, concise and effective communication between all parties while OMV employees process their requested motor vehicle service.

Customers with appointments are encouraged to note a need for interpretation when booking their time slot. To view a complete list of OMV offices, click here. LanguageLine services are not available to customers who visit an OMV field office for testing purposes. If a testing applicant does not have a good understanding of the written English language, they may bring a translator to assist with any class knowledge test, excluding CDL. 
7/25/2021

Louisiana OMV Updates Safety Protocols Amid COVID-19 Surge

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, facial coverings will be required inside all Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles locations beginning Monday, July 26, 2021. The updated safety protocols follow the increasing    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Louisiana and reflect the latest guidelines from state health officials. If a customer does not have a mask, one will be provided.

“Public safety is our priority. We must take the necessary precautions to protect the health of our customers and employees,” OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain stated. In addition to wearing masks, visitors are reminded to follow social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet from other people while inside OMV field offices.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is reminding customers to utilize the free LA Wallet app when possible. LA Wallet allows eligible customers to request a duplicate driver’s license and renew their current driver’s license. Additionally, customers are encouraged to check www.expresslane.org to find out if they can complete their transaction online before visiting an OMV field office.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles continues to work closely with state officials to provide a safe environment for all visitors. The agency appreciates the public’s cooperation and understanding at this time.   


7/17/2021

Louisiana OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain issued the following statement in response to the recent COVID-19 surge across Louisiana.

“Several Louisiana OMV locations have experienced intermittent closures over the past few months due to precautions related to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. When possible, we shift resources around to where they are needed in an effort to keep our offices open. Unfortunately, sometimes we are forced to close temporarily to protect the health of our customers and employees.

"The fourth surge of COVID-19 is upon us. We cannot let our guard down. Though they are not required at this time, we encourage OMV customers to wear masks for their protection. We continue to enforce social distancing protocols at OMV field offices and we ask that customers stay home when they are sick. When possible, please take advantage of our extensive list of online services on our website, www.expresslane.org

"Your safety is our priority. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.”
7/1/2021

All OMV locations will be closed Monday, July 5

All Louisiana OMV locations will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021, in observance of Independence Day.

🗓Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, July 6, 2021.🗓

💻Visit www.expresslane.org for 24/7 online services.📲
6/17/2021

Juneteenth Holiday - All OMV Locations to Close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 18

All Louisiana OMV locations will close at noon on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. Customers who have appointments scheduled during the closure must reschedule online at www.expresslane.org. Customers are also encouraged to visit expresslane.org for a complete list of online services.

Wednesday,  June 16, 2021, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that in honor of Juneteenth becoming a legal holiday in the State of Louisiana, on Friday, June 18, 2021, all state offices will be closed for a half-day. Gov. Edwards signed HB 554 (Act 128) by Baton Rouge Rep. Larry Selders enacting the Juneteenth celebration into law and making it a permanent state holiday. 

Juneteenth is a day celebrating June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas bringing the news that the Civil War had ended and the Emancipation Proclamation declared all those enslaved they had been freed nearly two and a half years earlier.

6/16/2021

Louisiana OMV Alerts Customers of Phishing Scam

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is alerting residents of a text message phishing scam that has the potential to steal personal information. Louisiana residents have received text messages from scammers posing as the OMV. The messages originate from unfamiliar phone numbers and claim the recipient can collect a sum of money by clicking a link. The OMV recommends customers ignore and delete such messages.

The Louisiana OMV does not ask customers to provide sensitive personal data through text messages. Customers are encouraged to utilize the Louisiana State Police online system to report suspicious or criminal activity. The secure reporting form is located under the “Suspicious Activity” link at www.lsp.org.

The Louisiana OMV offers the following tips to help customers avoid scams:

  • DO exercise caution with all communications you receive from anonymous sources.
  • DO confirm the message was generated from a legitimate source. 
  • DO keep an eye out for signs of phishing (rewards, vague URLs, incorrect grammar).
 
  • DO NOT click on links in an unsolicited message from an unverified source.
  • DO NOT send your personal information via text. 
  • DO NOT post sensitive information online.
Additionally, the Louisiana OMV strongly recommends customers remain mindful and cautious when processing online transactions. Some private, unofficial motor vehicle-based websites can collect and store customers’ personal information and charge unnecessary fees. Customers can visit the official OMV website, www.expresslane.org, to process online services safely and securely.  
5/10/2021

EXPRESSLANE.org Wins Multiple International Creative Awards

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is proud to announce that its newly redesigned website, www.expresslane.org, is the winner of two prestigious international creative awards. Expresslane.org earned gold in the 2021 Hermes Creative Awards and silver in the 2021 MUSE Creative Awards. 

The OMV worked with NIC Louisiana to redesign Expresslane.org in January 2021. The remodeled website further simplifies interactions with state government and enhances the overall citizen experience. Since relaunching, the website has set new monthly records for users in both January and March. “This is evidence of the hard work that went into this project and it speaks volumes to the commitment we have in providing our customers with a convenient online experience,” stated OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain.

The recent update features new and improved online services and essential motor vehicle information to Louisiana’s citizens in a user-friendly format. Expresslane.org is accessible on any device and offers OMV customers many popular online services such as:

·       Vehicle registration renewal
·       Duplicate registration request
·       Official driving record request
·       Driver’s license and ID card renewals
·       Duplicate driver’s license and ID request 
·       Real ID checklist
·       Appointment scheduling
 
“We are thrilled that the site was recognized not once, but twice, and congratulate the OMV for their dedication to making government interactions more accessible and efficient,” said Kellie Benoit Kerstetter, general manager of NIC Louisiana. “The primary goal of the site was to improve the citizen’s digital experience, and our team at NIC is proud to be a part of accomplishing that with the OMV.”

The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. Hermes Creative Awards is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital media production and freelance professionals.

The MUSE Awards is a series of international competitions hosted by the International Awards Associate (IAA), catering to professionals from various industries in hopes of promoting excellence in their respective fields.

4/27/2021

REAL ID Deadline Extended

⭐️REAL ID Deadline Extended to May 3, 2023⭐️

❗️Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.

🗓Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.
3/23/2021

OMV Extends Call Center Hours for Reinstatement Services

Due to a recent increase in call volume, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) customers seeking driver's license reinstatement services can now contact the OMV Call Center until 6:30 pm on weeknights. Reinstatement services through the OMV Call Center are now available by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm by dialing (225) 925-6146. Call center agents are only available to assist customers with reinstatement services (Option 3) during the extended hours from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. 

3/18/2021

OMV Alerts CDL/CLP Customers to Verify Medical Certificates

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is alerting commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) customers to verify their medical certification status. CDL and CLP customers can confirm their medical status at www.expresslane.org. Commercial drivers must have a current medical certification or variance in their possession at all times while operating a commercial motor vehicle.  

Customers can submit their medical examiner certificate to the Office of Motor Vehicles in the following ways:

1.     Email: OMV_CDL_Medical@dps.la.gov
2.     Fax: 225-925-3901
3.     Mail: Office of Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 64886, Baton Rouge, LA 70896 

Customers who recently received a letter from OMV with a notice date of February 23, 2021, or February 24, 2021, will not be marked “not medically certified” or “canceled” as stated in the letter. Those CDL and CLP customers will receive a new notice from OMV in the mail with updated deadlines and additional information. The Office of Motor Vehicles will notify customers 30 days prior to canceling their CDL status.

3/16/2021

OMV Warns Customers of Imposter Motor Vehicle Websites

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is warning citizens of third-party websites obtaining residents’ personal data and credit card information in addition to overcharging citizens for online vehicle registration services. These websites are privately owned by for-profit companies and are not affiliated with any state government agency.

“We have had reports from our citizens who were deceived into providing sensitive information to other websites,” said OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain. “We encourage our customers to utilize our online services when they can, but they should be aware of the dangers associated with some third-party websites.”

Customers are encouraged to utilize the Louisiana State Police online system to report imposter websites. The secure reporting form is located under the “Suspicious Activity” link at www.lsp.org

Most customers are eligible to perform an online registration renewal at www.expresslane.org by using the Louisiana computer-generated renewal notice or their previously issued registration. In addition to renewing online, Louisiana residents have the option to renew their vehicle registration by mail or in-person at a local OMV field office or select Public Tag Agent locations. 

The Office of Motor Vehicles strongly recommends customers remain mindful and cautious when processing online transactions. Some private, unofficial motor vehicle-based websites can collect and store customers’ personal information and charge unnecessary fees. International Registration Plan (IRP) customers should utilize www.la-trucks-online.org for online services.

OMV offers the following tips for safe and secure online transactions:

·                Instead of using an internet search engine, type the URL directly into the address bar.
·                Verify the correct URL before entering personal information. 
·                Check your bank or credit card statements frequently. 
·                Print and save your receipt. 
·                Imposter websites often include advertisements; www.expresslane.org does not have ads.