Many people may be unaware of the fact that the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers simple and convenient online services that can help to save time and also the frustration of visiting a DMV branch. There are an abundance of DMV services that citizens can access on the web. These include services for drivers, services for vehicles, and other information services offered for the convenience and well being of state of LA citizens. Let’s face it: for most of us, those dreaded trips to the DMV are not on the short list of our favorite activities, so why should we waste any of our precious time waiting in line at the DMV when we can easily accomplish the same tasks the internet?
State of LA DMV Driver services include the abilities to renew a drivers license or identification card, to inquire as to the current status of license (such as flags, blocks, suspensions, or disqualifications on your driving record), to view official driving records (including CDL official driving records), and to submit inquiries related to CDL medical and CDL self-certification.
Drivers License and Identification Card Renewal
Renewing a license or ID card are a couple of the more common tasks required that people can complete online. Licenses require renewal every 6 years, whereas ID cards require renewal every 4 years. Each of these tasks can be completed in 3 easy steps: just enter your renewal information, authorize the payment of the associated fees, and then view and/or print your receipt.
Drivers License Status Inquiry
This license status inquiry service allows you to view possible issues regarding reinstatement or flags that may prevent the processing of a license or vehicle registration. There are no costs associated with inquiring as to the status of your license, but you will need your drivers license number and the last 4 digits of your social security in order to submit the request.
Obtaining Official Driving Records
Obtaining an official individual driving record or CDL driving record comes with a fee of $16.00, plus a $2.00 state fee tacked on for electronic commerce in accordance with LA Revised Statute 49:316.1. These reports include information regarding accident statements, status of individual driving privileges, status of CDL driving privileges (if CDL is held), and any offenses on record (such as tickets and accidents). To submit a request for this information, you will need the following information as indicated on your license: name, address, drivers license number, date of birth, and class of license.
Other CDL services
The state of LA’s CDL self certification and medical inquiries each entail the same simple process. On the appropriate webpage for each inquiry, simply enter your CDL information. Once the information is available, you will be able to view and print your status. Note: the medical information may take up to 10 days from the submission of the inquiry to display in the website database.
State of LA DMV vehicle services include the abilities to renew a vehicle registration, to submit a notice of vehicle transfer, to submit a vehicle statement of non-use, to obtain a duplicate vehicle registration, to view and order special plates, to order personalized plates, to cancel plates & obtain a refund, and to access the State of LA’s International Registration Plan (IRP).
Vehicle Registration Services
Since registrations for vehicles must be renewed every year, the registration renewal feature is perhaps the service that will be most commonly used by state of LA citizens. To do so, simply enter your vehicle information on the website, then verify your address, and make pay the associated renewal fees. You can also obtain duplicates of registrations for your vehicle(s), or if you have sold, donated, or traded a vehicle, you can transfer a vehicle registration via the website as well.
License Plate Services
The DMV services for the State of LA also includes the ability to arrange specialty license plates and personalized license plates. There are a number of specialty license plates available for military veterans (including veterans that served in specific branches of the military and in specific wars), for various state of LA college alumni, for fraternities & sororities, for high schools, and for various services & organizations. Specialty plates are available for passenger vehicles and for motorcycles. In addition to the specialty and customization abilities, citizens can also cancel license plates and obtain refunds through the web portal.
International Registration Plan (IRP)
The International Registration Plan (IRP) allows for the registration of commercial vehicles for travel through the jurisdictions of all associated members. The members include 48 US states, the District of Columbia, and 10 Canadian provinces. There are fees associated with registering with IRP; however, doing so allows for one license plate and one cab card which serves as the legal registration for the associated commercial vehicle. Registration allows commercial drivers to avoid the need to purchase a permit in order to travel from state to state or into a participating Canadian province. This is extremely beneficial, especially for owner-operators.
Other Information Services
The State of LA DMV services also provides other useful information for the well being of its citizens. You may find information related to important safety recalls, information on the REAL ID which was implemented in 2016, information related to insurance, and access to a number of business services. There are also dedicated feeds for alerts and news. For those that would prefer to visit a DMV location, there are also listing for each location to detail the addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even directions.
Save Time, Start Online!
In this age of information, most of us have at the very least, basic internet skills. Time is a valuable commodity, and it is one which the majority of people do not have in abundance. If you need any of the services listed in this article, it makes since to start by attempting to complete your tasks online. This will help you save time and possibly the frustration of waiting in a crowded DMV branch. Even better, the state of LA DMV website is now responsive, meaning it is mobile friendly so you do not have to access it from a desktop computer; you can use your smartphone or tablet to complete any of your necessary tasks.