Michelle Southern reporting.
We might soon be able to renew our drivers license every six years instead of four under a Senate-backed measure that got House Committee approval today. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says State Police Col Mike Edmonson testified during a Senate Finance committee that this would help relieve long wait times at OMV's.
"He suggested that if we extended the time period from four years to six years," Claitor said. "We'd be able to cut the wait significantly. So I filed the bill before he'd left committee."
Claitor says there are several states that also do a 6 year renewal and even others that do an eight year drivers license. He says there was no opposition to the legislation on the Senate Floor.
"Some folks are able to do it online pretty efficiently but most people still march in there to get their drivers license renewed," Claitor said.
A Senate bill that would allow motorists to have any Louisiana university's logo put on their drivers license also passed in the House Transportation Committee today. New Iberia Senator Fred Mills passed legislation last year that allowed the phrase, "I'm a Cajun" to be put on a drivers license which was the idea behind this bill.
Mills says this bill would just let any university in the state have this option if they wanted it.
Both issues now head to the House floor.