La. awards driver's licensing contract

Louisiana has awarded a two-year, $7 million contract extension to Digimarc Corp. to continue providing motor vehicle driver's licensing and vehicle registration services.

Under the contract, Digimarc of Beaverton, Ore., will continue to assist the state's Office of Motor Vehicles with services similar to those it has supplied for the past five years.

Hurricane Katrina greatly disrupted the agency's operations when it destroyed or damaged branch offices and displaced employees.

To address the situation, Digimarc set up temporary issuance locations in Louisiana as well as in Texas and Massachusetts where many Louisiana residents sought shelter. The temporary offices allowed the states to issue identity documents that citizens needed to get jobs and access to social services, the company said.

Digimarc, which supplies secure identity and media management solutions, offers products or services to help produce two-thirds of all U.S. driver's licenses. The company's digital watermark security is used in more than 40 percent of all U.S. drivers' licenses, according to the company.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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