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Applying for a Louisiana New Driver’s License – Under 18

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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.

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How to Apply for a Louisiana Learner's Permit:

  • Be at least 15 years of age.
  • Present a certificate of completion for a state-approved 38-hour driver's ed course or an LA DPS pre-licensing course.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Provide a completed Certificate of Required Attendance form, if younger than 18 years of age.
  • Pass the vision screening and written knowledge test.
  • Pay the Louisiana learner's permit fee, plus a nominal local office.

Applying for an LA Learner's Permit

To get a drivers permit in Louisiana, applicants must be at least 15 years of age and have met the minimum testing requirements. Learners permit applicants younger than 18 years of age must complete a drivers ed course with 30 classroom hours and eight behind-the-wheel hours, and they must provide proof of school enrollment with their application. DMV drivers permit applicants 18 years of age and older have the option of completing either the behind-the-wheel course requirement or the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Correction's pre-licensing course.

In addition to their drivers ed requirements, applicants must provide proof of identity, Social Security Number and legal presence in the United States.

What is the Graduated Licensing Program in Louisiana?

Louisiana drivers license applicants 15 to 17 years of age must gradually gain their driving privileges through the three-stage Graduated Licensing Program. The three stages of the program are as follows:

  • The learners permit for driving.
  • The intermediate provisional license.
  • The full driver's license.

The Graduated Licensing Program sets restrictions on the time of day when a learner can drive, as well as on the age and amount of passengers he or she may transport.

How to Get an LA Learners Permit

Learners Permit Requirements in Louisiana

To get a learners permit in Louisiana, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age.
  • Complete a 38-hour driver's ed course, if younger than 18 years of age.
  • Complete either a 38-hour driver's ed class or an LA DPS pre-licensing course, if 18 years of age or older.
  • Submit a completed Certificate of Required Attendance form, if between 15 and 17 years of age.
  • Present documents that confirm your identity, Social Security Number and legal presence in the U.S.
  • Pay the LA learners permit fees.

Preparing for a Louisiana DMV Written Exam

To get a permit for driving, you must complete the Louisiana written drivers test. The driving permit exam's 40 questions cover material on the rules of the road, road signs and state driver's license regulations. A score of 80 percent or better is needed to pass the knowledge test.

Test-takers can successfully pass the LA written exam with proper preparation. Our drivers ed practice test is the perfect companion to the Louisiana Driver's Guide. The practice drivers permit test is a complete guide to the traffic laws and signs of the state.

The Louisiana written exam must be completed at an OMV office. To view a list of branches in your area, click here.

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LA Drivers Education

Prior to obtaining a learning permit, new drivers must complete a driver's ed course. Louisiana residents 15 to 17 years of age must complete 38 hours of driver training, including 30 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of behind-the-wheel experience, before getting a learners permit. DMV learners permit applicants 18 years of age and older can choose between taking the 38-hour course or the 14-hour course that includes a six-hour pre-licensing instruction requirement and eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

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Louisiana Learners Permit Restrictions

Learners permit holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age when operating a motor vehicle. Learners are also authorized to drive a car when a sibling at least 18 years of age is present.

Note: Louisiana intermediate licenses are available to applicants starting at 16 years of age.

Louisiana Intermediate Licenses

The intermediate provisional drivers license is the second stage of the Graduated Licensing Program. Intermediate provisional license applicants must be at least 16 years of age and meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a Louisiana DMV drivers permit for at least 180 days.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the road skills test with a score of at least 80 percent.
  • Submit a signed affidavit of having completed at least 50 hours of driving experience, with 15 of those hours occurring at night.

Intermediate drivers license applicants who meet the minimum qualifications can either schedule a road test at an LA OMV office or with a third-party testing center.

LA Intermediate License Driving Restrictions

Once a learner obtains an intermediate provisional driving license, he or she must then adhere to the following driving restrictions:

  • He or she cannot drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years of age or a sibling who is at least 18 years of age.
  • He or she may not transport more than one passenger younger than 21 years of age who is not a member of his or her immediate family between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Replacing an LA Learners Permit

To replace learners permits that have been lost, stolen or mutilated, drivers must visit a local LA OMV office. DMV permit replacement applicants will need to show proof of identification documents when they arrive. Get more information on necessary learners permit replacement documents and fees by clicking here.

Locate a Louisiana DMV

Find out where to get learners permits in Louisiana by visiting our LA DMV locations page. Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles branches are listed for your convenience, along with their telephone numbers and street addresses. Users can also conveniently view the hours of operation for each location.