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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Louisiana

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Residents must obtain a Louisiana drivers license to operate vehicles on state roads. To get a DMV drivers license, first-time motorists must meet the requirements established by the LA Office of Motor Vehicles, which include completing a drivers education course and passing the vision, written and road skills tests. New drivers license applicants must also be able to furnish documents that prove their identity, legal presence in the United States and Louisiana residency.

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How to Apply for a Louisiana Driver's License:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Provide proof of identification documents.
  • Provide a certificate of completion for a state-approved drivers education or pre-licensing course.
  • Pass the vision, written and road tests.
  • Pay the Louisiana drivers license fee, plus a nominal local office fee.

For more information on how to apply for drivers licenses in Louisiana, continue reading below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Louisiana

Louisiana drivers licenses are issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles. Applicants will receive a driving license that coincides with the type of vehicle they plan to operate. The following are the classes of licensure offered by the LA OMV:

  • Class E license to drive - issued to operators of a passenger vehicle that weighs less than 10,001 pounds.
  • Class D chauffeur's license - issued to operators of a single motor vehicle, weighing less than 26,001 pounds, which is used in commerce to transport passengers or property.
  • Class A, B or C commercial drivers license (CDL) - issued to operators of commercial vehicles that weigh more than 26,001 pounds.

Current Louisiana DMV license holders must meet additional set requirements to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Louisiana

New drivers license applicants who are younger than 18 years of age must gradually acquire their driving privileges by fulfilling the requirements of the Louisiana Graduated Licensing Program. Getting a learners permit is the first step of the program. Residents who are at least 15 years of age and have completed drivers education and passed the written knowledge test are eligible for an initial Louisiana driving permit.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Louisiana New Drivers (Over 18)

Adult state drivers license applicants in Louisiana must complete driver education course requirements if they have never before been licensed. Getting drivers license privileges also requires passing the vision, knowledge and road exams.

LA Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

First-time DMV driving license applicants need to familiarize themselves with traffic laws and safe driving practices in order to pass the written driving exam. Our Louisiana DMV drivers permit practice test and study guide combo was designed to assist new drivers with passing the official LA OMV written exam on their first try.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in LA

Getting a new drivers license requires that an applicant visit an LA OMV office and present documentation that shows:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Louisiana residency.

LA Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To get a drivers license in Louisiana, you must be at least 17 years of age. A new drivers license applicant must have completed either a 38-hour driver's education course or a pre-licensing course that is certified by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In addition to completing the required driver training, applicants must also pass the written, vision and road skills examinations.

LA Written/Driving Test

Receiving a passing score on the written DMV permit test is one of the main qualifiers for obtaining a license to drive. The road skills exam is the other essential test that DMV license applicants must pass in order to become a licensed driver. Taking a practice permit test is the best way to prepare for the knowledge exam. Our online practice driving test is comprised of countless questions that are similar to the ones found on the real LA OMV exam.

LA Driving Test

The road skills test allows Louisiana learners permit holders to showcase how well they can execute the common functions of a motor vehicle. Drivers license applicants will be tested on maneuvers such as the following:

  • Turning.
  • Staying in your lane.
  • Approaching corners.

Vehicles used in the road exam must have car insurance and an up-to-date vehicle safety inspection sticker.

New Louisiana Resident

To transfer their out-of-state drivers license, new residents must visit an LA OMV office within 30 days of establishing residency. The documents that an applicant must bring include proof of identification and either his or her drivers license or an official copy of a driving record. Vehicle owners will need to provide proof of auto insurance.

To transfer their out-of-state driving license, minors younger than 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and furnish a completed Certificate of Required School Attendance form from their school.

Car owners new to Louisiana must submit their car to a vehicle safety inspection in order to qualify for registration with the LA Office of Motor Vehicles. Drivers that reside in select parishes are subject to an additional inspection in the form of emissions testing. Louisiana OMV vehicle inspections are conducted at the following types of businesses:

  • Auto repair shops.
  • Car dealerships.
  • Vehicle towing companies.

Replace Driver's License in Louisiana

To apply for a replacement drivers license, drivers must visit a local LA OMV office. DMV duplicate license applicants must be prepared to furnish the replacement fee and show proof of identification documents. To find out more information on replacing drivers licenses in Louisiana, click here.

Locate a DMV in Louisiana

Visit our Louisiana DMV locations page to find an office that will serve your drivers license needs. Finding the office nearest you is easy with our interactive locator map. Use the map to get the street address and telephone number of your preferred LA OMV location.

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