- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BAKER, La. (AP) - By May 4, drivers will pay higher fees but have shorter wait times when getting driver’s licenses and other Department of Motor Vehicles services in Baker.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1ESnJWP ) the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the mayor to sign a contract with Express OMV, LLC to privatize the DMV office in the city.

Express OMV will offer all of the services the state office provided, as well as a notary service, which the state did not offer.

By state law, private DMV offices can charge up to $18 in convenience fees per transaction.

Three dollars of each transaction fee will go to the city.

Officials say the Express OMV office in Baton Rouge serves 400 customers per day and the average wait time is 12 minutes.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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