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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Like most people Charity Laughlin's time is precious. She has to get her driver's license renewed, but only has an hour lunch break. Rather than wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Laughlin is headed to Pedersen Title Company.

Pedersen Title Company is now one of many private tag agents across the state that can renew driver's licenses.

"We can now renew driver's licenses, Change your address on your license, and change your last name. We can issue I.D. cards. If you've lost your license, we can get you a duplicate license," explained Matt Pedersen, owner of Pedersen Title Co.

You'll find the procedures are much the same as the DMV - you can expect a vision test and you'll have to take an updated picture.

All the same fees apply, however, there is an additional $18 convenience fee.

"It's kind of a deal. What's your time worth? If you need to get in and get out in 10 minutes or so... It will cost you $18 or you can go wait a couple of hours if you have time to do so," said Pedersen.

For Laughlin it's all about saving time.

"At the DMV... I usually have to go in there and wait 15 to 30 minutes. But I came in here today and it took me five minutes and I was out," said Laughlin.

The expanded services do not apply to first-time driver's licenses. They must still go to the DMV Office. 

According to officials, the privatization effort won't have any impact on personnel at any of the state's 83 existing DMV offices, but it gives people additional places for these services.

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