Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is now offering eligible drivers the ability to enter into installment agreements to pay off the debt they owe to OMV over time and have their driving privileges while doing so. Installment agreements can only be executed in OMV field offices located in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, Lake Charles, Leesville, Lafayette, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Slidell, Livingston, New Orleans – Veterans Hwy., Harvey and Thibodaux.
“We recognize that people fall behind sometimes and just can’t pay an entire bill at one time,” said Commissioner St. Germain. “It was not until legislation was enacted this year that we could allow people to pay what they owe to OMV each month and legally drive while making the monthly payments. We’re happy to be able to offer this service now, but also want to remind everyone that payments have to be received monthly.”
To be eligible for an installment agreement, a person must meet all requirements for a driver’s license other than the payment of outstanding fines, penalties, or fees. The first payment for any installment agreement is due at the time the agreement is signed. After an agreement is entered into, payments will be made by automatic monthly bank drafts or automatic monthly charges to debit/credit/prepaid cards. Processing fees are charged for both of these methods. Cash will not be accepted. The number of monthly installment payments and amount of monthly payments will be based on the total amount owed.
Persons eligible to enter into an installment agreement with OMV will be required to provide the following:
· A valid email address
· Compliance for any outstanding violations. Compliance includes but is not limited to bill of sale, insurance total loss statement, repossession document, junk or salvage receipt, out of state registration, paid receipt for traffic citation.
· The credit/debit/prepaid card or bank account/routing number that will be used for all installment payments.
All information regarding installment agreements is posted on OMV’s website at www.expresslane.org. Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of the OMV online services offered at www.expresslane.org.
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