Learners Permit

A huge milestone in your child’s life is when they get their driver’s license. Teens look forward to the day that they can drive themselves around because of the freedom that driving gives them. While the thought of your child driving can be terrifying, it can be more beneficial than you think. If your child wants to visit a friend, attend a school function, or if they work, you won’t need to be the one driving them around. This can result in you having more free time than you have ever had before. In every state in the U.S., including Louisiana, teens are required to get a learners permit before they can get their driver’s license. There are certain requirements that need to be met before a teen can get their permit.


Louisiana Lerner’s Permit Requirements

In order for your teen to be eligible to receive their permit, they must be at least 15 years old. Also, they would need to have taken an approved driver’s education course. In order for the course to be approved, your teen would need to have completed 30 hours of classroom time. They would also need to have completed 8 hours of driving time with the driver’s education instructor. If your teen has completed each of the necessary requirements, you can take them down to the Louisiana OMV office to apply for their permit.


Applying For the Permit

Your teen must apply for their permit in person at the LA OMV office. It is important to be sure that you bring everything that you need when you apply. If you forget something, it could delay your teen’s ability to get their permit. To apply, you will need the following:

  • Proof of Identity:

You will need to bring your teen’s proof of identity when they apply for their permit. Your teen’s original birth certificate is acceptable. If your teen was not born in the United States, their Certificate of Naturalization is acceptable. You can also use a Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the US Department of State.

  • Certificate of Required School Attendance Form:

When applying for the permit, you will need proof that your teen is a full-time student. The Certificate of Required School Attendance form can be obtained from your teen’s school.

  • Driver’s Education Certificate:

When your teen completes their driver’s education course, they will receive a certificate stating that they have completed the 30 hours of classroom time and the 8 hours of driving time. To apply for their permit, the OMV will need the original certificate. Copies will not be accepted.

  • A Completed Application Form:

To apply for a permit, you will need to complete the application form. You can get the form from your local LA OMV office or you can download and print a form from the website. The form will need to be filled out completely and you will need to sign it. You will also need to show proof of identification.

  • Application Fee:

There is a fee for your teen to receive their permit. The application fee is $32.25 plus a local fee of up to $6. There are a few payment options available. They include:

  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Money order
  • E-check

If you are going to pay by debit card, credit card, or E-check, you should understand that an additional fee will apply. If you don’t want to pay an additional fee, you should pay with cash or a money order.


Vision Screening and Written Permit Test

When you have provided all of the necessary information, your teen would need to pass a vision screening. If your teen needs glasses or contacts to see, they should wear them when they take the vision test. Next, your teen would need to take a written knowledge test. The test consists of 40 multiple choice questions. The questions cover various topics including:

  • Driver’s license rules
  • Safe driving questions
  • Traffic sign questions
  • LA traffic law questions

In order for your teen to pass, they would need to score an 80% or higher.


Driving Restrictions

When your teen receives their permit, there are certain driving restrictions that must be followed. If your teen doesn’t abide by these restrictions, they risk losing their permit and possible legal ramifications. The restrictions are simple. In order to legally drive, your teen would need to be supervised by a licensed driver. The driver must be at least 21 years of age. If your teen has a sibling who is at least 18 years old, they can drive with them as well.


Requirements Behind-the-Wheel

In order for you tee to receive their intermediate driver’s license, there are certain conditions that need to be met.

  • Your teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving time. They must also complete 15 hours of night driving.
  • You will be required to verify the fact that your child has completed these hours.

When your child is 15 years old and they are ready to get their permit, there are certain requirements that need to be followed. For more information, visit https://www.dmv.org/la-louisiana/drivers-permits.php.