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Obtaining a learner's permit is generally the first step that a beginner driver takes toward becoming a fully licensed driver in Louisiana. You are eligible to apply for a learner's permit if you are at least 15 years old and:
- you have never been licensed to operate a vehicle, or
- you are a new resident of Louisiana who has been licensed in another state, but your driver's license has been expired for longer than one year
HOW TO OBTAIN AN ORIGINAL LEARNER'S PERMIT
- Download a copy of the Louisiana Driver's Manual, or get a hard copy by visiting a local OMV Office.
- If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must sign the application for you and must accompany you to the OMV Office with photo identification.
- Visit your local OMV Office to submit the application. You must bring with you:
- Proof of identity as specified by the OMV. If you have changed your name, you must bring documents that support and clearly indicate your current name.
- The correct fee amount. You can check the exact amount at your local office.
- You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the Driver License Center. If you pass these tests, you will be issued a learner's permit, which is valid for four years (however, once you have held it for six months and are 16 years of age you can apply for an intermediate license).
When driving with a learner's permit you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 21 or older or a licensed sibling who is 18 years old. This person must sit beside you.
THE INTERMEDIATE LICENSE
You are eligible for an intermediate license when you are at least 16 years of age and have held the learner's permit for six months. Parental consent is required and there may be additional fees required. Check with the OMV Office. Once you pass the road test you will receive an intermediate license with which you can drive alone or with passengers.
If you are under 17 years of age, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 21 or older or a licensed sibling who is 18 years when driving between 11 pm and 5 am.
THE LEARNER'S LICENSE
A leaner's license may be issued when you are at least 17 years old. An intermediate driver's license may be changed to a regular, non-commercial driver's license once you reach 17 years of age. Parental consent is required if you are under 18. Along with that you must have successfully completed an approved driver education course of which 30 hours were in the classroom and six hours on the road.
THE UNRESTRICTED LICENSE
A full, unrestricted license may be issued when you are at least 17 years old. An intermediate driver's license or learner's license may be changed to a regular, non-commercial driver's license once you reach 17 years of age. Parental consent is required if you are under 18.
First time applicants for a full license must have successfully completed a driver education course of thirty-six hours, approved by the Louisiana OMV and passed the written, vision and road test.
- For more information, see our Beginner Drivers section.
- See also Applying for a Drivers License.
- See also Driver's Education, Driving Schools and Practice Tests.
- Bear in mind that in order to drive legally in the state of Louisiana, you must have valid auto insurance. See our Auto Insurance section for more information, or to obtain a competitive quote on car insurance.