LA Wallet



The Story Behind LA Wallet

Louisiana Law of Act 625 of the 2016 session

Story image
Being one of the younger legislators, I realized just how crucial our digital devices are to each of us in our every day lives.

— Rep. Ted James, Baton Rouge

Written by Louisiana Representative Ted James, Baton Rouge

I authored the bill to digitize our Louisiana driver’s licenses in an effort to provide an easier option for our citizens while at the same time complying with our enacted laws to provide proper identification to our public safety officials.

Once the bill was authored there were several legislators that joined as co-sponsors of the bill, after realizing the vast benefits it would produce. We also realized that if implemented correctly and expeditiously, we would be at the forefront in this digital arena.

When the Louisiana Legislature passed HB 481 in 2016 (Act 625), we began the process for Louisiana to become the first state to allow for a digitized version of a state-issued driver’s license. We worked with the Office of Motor Vehicles, and it is an honor to see that we are ready to begin implementing the provisions of the bill in the spring of 2018.

We are now focusing on how we can expand this to include a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license and a Louisiana Identification both to be digitized. While the electronic driver's license, available via app on smartphones, will not replace a photo ID in all capacities, it can be used for driving privileges and may be acceptable at airports, at the discretion of TSA.

As we continue to move into a more digital age, this technology is not only more efficient but necessary. Since we are the first state to enact a bill of this kind, this is a big step, not only for Louisiana but for the country.

You can read the law here.

Read more about me and my initiatives in Louisiana

Follow me on Twitter

LA Wallet Timeline

1st Aug 2016

HB 481 Passed by the Louisiana Legislature

Representative James’s HB 481 passed in the Louisiana Legislature under Act 625 allowing Louisiana to be the first state to offer a digital driver’s license.

3rd Jul 2018

LA Wallet: First DDL in the Nation

Just in time for the Fourth of July in 2018, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of LA Wallet to the residents of Louisiana.

16th Aug 2018

Envoc Innovates VerifyYou™

With VerifyYou™ a presenter’s physical or digital LA Wallet credential is scanned through the LA Wallet app and validated directly by the OMV database.

26th Oct 2018

LA Wallet Accepted for Voting

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced that Louisiana residents can use LA Wallet as their official identification when voting.

28th Jan 2019

ATC Approves LA Wallet

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco (ATC) authorized retailers and establishments to accept LA Wallet when verifying age and identity.

30th Aug 2019

VerifyYou™ Pro and Home Delivery

The VerifyYou™ Pro system scans and validates a home-delivery customer’s license/ID to verify age, and records the scan, verification, and delivery employee.

3rd Apr 2020

In-App License and ID Renewal and Notifications

During the 2020 quarantine, Envoc launched in-app license and ID renewal through LA Wallet and included push notifications from LA Wallet and important alerts from Governor John Bel Edwards and other state agencies.

1st Jun 2020

500,000 Residents on LA Wallet

Over half a million Louisiana residents have activated their LA Wallet digital licenses or IDs.