OMV opens second BR-area location

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles opened its second Baton Rouge-area location at the Baton Rouge City Court on Monday.

"This is going to provide an alternative to those who travel to the OMV on Independence Boulevard," said Clerk of Court Lon Norris. "It is convenient for the downtown patrons and also for the people coming into the building. This is a historic building. It's a good place to visit and see historic Baton Rouge."

The office is open daily beginning at 8:30 a.m. The last customer will be seen at 3 p.m. For now, the only services offered will be renewals of existing licenses and vehicle registrations, as well as the reinstatement of driving licenses on suspensions resulting from written promises to appear. Norris said they hope to expand services in 2015.

There is a $5 transaction fee for the services offered at the city court location. At this time, only cash is accepted, but Norris said they will transition into credit card capability by the end of the year. The new location makes it the first public tag agency to be housed in a courthouse facility in the state. Norris said no additional public funds had to be used to create the location.

"It is a unique partnership between the state and local government. We're able to have officers trained through motor vehicles, so we're not using their officers. More importantly, we're able to provide this service without additional funds from city or parish government," he added.

Baton Rouge City Court is located downtown at 233 St. Louis Street. The OMV is located on the third floor.

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