OMV stops accepting cash and offers debt installment plans

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) has implemented some payment changes.

OMV decided on November 1 that it would no longer accept cash payments. The only acceptable methods of payment are credit and debit cards, checks, cashier’s checks or money orders.

These payments can be used for driver’s licenses, ID cards, and mobility impaired tag transactions as well as vehicle transactions. However, checks cannot be used for reintegration operations.

Newly appointed OMV commissioner Karen St. Germain said she implemented the new policy because, with the budget cuts, she had no other option.

St. Germain said the move would save OMV $ 300,000 to $ 350,000 a year and prevent employees from stealing the money, which she said remains a big deal.

“When you have this money flowing it’s a bad temptation for someone with a problem and this 40 year old system is so old that it’s easy for them to find a loophole to undo something to keep. money, ”said St. Germain said. “There have been times when they’ve been sued in the last three or four years, and I’m sure it’s still going on.”

St. Germain said OMV does not earn extra money on fees and that the money saved goes to the general state fund to help the budget deficit.

The policy also applies to business partners who purchase items from OMV.

OMV also offers eligible drivers the option to repay debt owed to OMV in installments over time while retaining their driving privileges.

Installment agreements will only be offered at the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Harvey, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville, Livingston, Monroe, New Orleans – Veterans Hwy, Shreveport, Slidell and Thibodaux offices.

“We recognize that sometimes people fall behind and just can’t pay an entire bill at once,” said St. Germain. “It was only when the legislation was enacted this year that we were able to enable people to pay what they owe OMV each month and drive legally while making the monthly payments. We are happy to be able to offer this. service now, but we also want to remind everyone that payments must be received monthly. “

To be eligible, drivers must meet all requirements for a driver’s license other than payment of fines, penalties or unpaid fees. The first payment is due at the time of entering into the agreement, after which payments will be made monthly by automatic draft from a bank account or debit / credit card. Processing fees will be charged for both of these payment methods. Cash will not be accepted.

To enter into an installment agreement, you must provide the following:

  • Valid Email Address
  • Compliance for all outstanding violations. Compliance includes, but is not limited to, bill of sale, statement of total loss of insurance, repossession document, junk or salvage receipt, out-of-state registration or a paid receipt for a traffic quote
  • Credit / debit / prepaid card or bank account / routing number to use for payments

For more information on these changes, visit www.expresslane.org.

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