University logos may appear on drivers licenses

Louisiana drivers could soon be proclaiming “Geaux Tigers” or cheering on the Southern University Jaguars with their driver’s licenses.

Legislation heading to Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval would allow color logos from Louisiana universities on state-issued licenses or identification cards, with the additional fees associated going to the universities’ foundations. Senate Bill 138 allows universities to set the fee and requires the state Department of Public Safety and Correction to establish rules and regulations necessary for implementation.

“It would have to be a Louisiana university,” state Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia. He compared it to the state’s new “I’m a Cajun” designation for driver’s licenses.

The House approved SB138 in a 95-0 vote Tuesday.

The Senate previously passed the legislation in a 36-0 vote.

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