OMV testing privatized drivers’ license renewals

Source: Associated Press, November 18, 2013

Office of Motor Vehicles has started a pilot program that allows outside contractors to handle drivers’ license renewals. The privatization program is being tested in Baton Rouge and Metairie. In each city, a public tag agent — a private business that processes vehicle title registrations — is also able to renew state drivers’ licenses. …. Each of the two locations charges an extra $18 fee to renew the license, on top of the regular fees charged at a state-run motor vehicles office…. The public tag agents don’t get any money from the state for doing the license renewals, but they can charge up to an $18 transaction fee, which is what both locations have done in the pilot program, Edmonson said. …