DMV now letting private contractors renew driver's licenses - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DMV now letting private contractors renew driver's licenses

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.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Boil advisory lifted for La. 112 South Elizabeth

    Boil advisory lifted for La. 112 South Elizabeth

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:43 PM EST2017-12-13 17:43:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Village of Elizabeth has issued a boil advisory, effective immediately until further notice, for water customers living along Hwy 112, south of Elizabeth. The Village of Elizabeth recommends that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

    More >>

    The Village of Elizabeth has issued a boil advisory, effective immediately until further notice, for water customers living along Hwy 112, south of Elizabeth. The Village of Elizabeth recommends that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

    More >>
  • Red Cross offering SWLA free smoke alarms

    Red Cross offering SWLA free smoke alarms

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:40 PM EST2017-12-13 17:40:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm. Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020. Because during a house fire, every second c...

    More >>

    During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm. Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020. Because during a house fire, every second c...

    More >>
  • USS Orleck offers free haircuts to veterans

    USS Orleck offers free haircuts to veterans

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:41 AM EST2017-12-13 16:41:59 GMT
    USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)

    Organizers with the USS Orleck Naval Museum are hosting "Christmas Cuts for Veterans" this year.  Local veterans can get a free haircut aboard the USS Orleck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Several area stylists and barbers are volunteering to provide haircuts in the ships barber shop.  If you would like more information or to volunteer your services you are asked to call 337-214-7447.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Organizers with the USS Orleck Naval Museum are hosting "Christmas Cuts for Veterans" this year.  Local veterans can get a free haircut aboard the USS Orleck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Several area stylists and barbers are volunteering to provide haircuts in the ships barber shop.  If you would like more information or to volunteer your services you are asked to call 337-214-7447.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly