Additional OMV offices reopening across Louisiana after cyber attack

More OMV locations open

(WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is opening a few more locations after a cyber attack last month, but services are limited.

The agency’s website shows 54 of the 79 offices are open.

The state is still urging people with non-critical OMV needs to wait until the system is fully restored.

Governor Edwards declared a state of emergency after the attack to let agencies waive fees and fines for people with recently expired driver’s licenses and registrations.

Several Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) locations across Louisiana will reopen after an issue indirectly linked to a cyber attack that crippled state government Monday, Nov. 18 and led to extended closures.

Click here to check the status of OMV offices throughout the state.

Closures were extended at OMV locations because servers did not reboot properly after the state allowed them to re-access its networks, two workers at the Baton Rouge office told WAFB.

Lines formed bright and early on Monday as people waited for the OMV offices in Baton Rouge to reopen a week after a cyberattack crippled the state government's internet systems.
Lines formed bright and early on Monday as people waited for the OMV offices in Baton Rouge to reopen a week after a cyberattack crippled the state government's internet systems. (Source: WAFB)

An LSP spokesperson reported Public Tag Agents will also be open and available to assist with vehicle registrations only. However, the LSP Fingerprinting and Background Check and Concealed Handgun Permit offices will not be open to the public at this time.

Members of the public are asked to only come to the OMV locations to handle “vital time-sensitive OMV business” during the limited regional openings.

“Non-critical personal OMV needs should be held until the system is fully stabilized and expanded to all field offices,” LSP reported.

An LSP spokesperson said troopers will continue to exercise discretion when encountering recently expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations during the limited regional openings.

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