New Louisiana law takes driver’s license for unpaid taxes

| Friday, July 11, 2003

Louisiana residents who are a year overdue on a state tax bill of $1,000 or more will soon no longer be able to renew their driver’s licenses under legislation signed by Gov. Mike Foster.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2004, authorizes the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles to permit flagging the delinquent taxpayer’s driver’s license when it comes up for renewal and not allowing it to be reissued until taxes are paid.

Sponsored by Rep. Warren Triche, D-Thibodaux, HB1315 allows tax deadbeats to retain their licenses by agreeing to a payment schedule with the state Revenue Department.

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