Flood protection: Drivers' license office requiring additional proof

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

To protect against fradulent claims, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles announced it will require additional proof of residency from citizens in flood zones when they request a change of address on their driver's licenses or identification cards.

The office cited a rush of fraudulent claims in Louisiana after the hurricanes of 2005.

Those in flood zones will be required to provide proof of residency prior to April 25, 2011, for the requested address. Documents used to show proof include utility bills, tax statements, insurance policies, school records, and official state and federal government agency letters and documentation.

“I’m concerned that there may be individuals who may use this potential disaster as an avenue to commit fraud,” said OMV Commissioner Nick Gautreaux.

Residents may obtain a more complete list of documents used to prove residency online through OMV’s website at www.expresslane.orgor by calling OMV Headquarters in Baton Rouge at (225) 925-6146.