Whether you’re a new driver or you’re just applying for a drivers license in Louisiana for the first time, there are a few requirements you should first be aware of to simplify the process. In addition to passing the needed exams, you’ll also be required to supply the necessary documents and fees. Calculating your fees and making sure you meet all requirements beforehand will help make getting your new drivers license in Louisiana as easy as possible. Many of these requirements can be completed by utilizing online resources to quickly acquire all the information you’ll need before ever setting foot in the motor vehicles office.
You must be at least 17 years of age to apply for a Louisiana drivers license, and you’ll also need to provide documentation showing proof of identity, Louisiana residency, United States legal presence, and social security number. If you haven’t been licensed in the past, you’ll need to complete either a certified pre-licensing course or a 38-hour driver’s education course.
Drivers younger than 18 must have completed all steps of the Louisiana Graduated Licensing Program prior to being issued a state license, the first of which is obtaining a driving permit. If you’re at least 15 years of age, you can apply for a driving permit after having completed a driver’s education course and passed a written knowledge test.
All license applicants will also need to pass both a vision exam and general driving knowledge exam. The DMV website provides a drivers permit practice test as well as a study guide if needed to help prepare you with the knowledge needed to pass these requirements.
Written and Driving Tests
The two main qualifications to be issued a state drivers license are to pass both the written DMV permit test and the behind the wheel road skills exam. For the written test, taking a practice test beforehand is greatly encouraged so you know what to expect and what knowledge will be tested. The road skills exam will ask you to demonstrate your knowledge of the road and your ability to control a motor vehicle in common situations. You’ll often be tested on skills such as staying in your lane, making turns, and yielding to oncoming traffic. Any vehicle used in the road exam must have up to date car insurance and a preliminary safety inspection with a current sticker.
Transferring an Existing Out-of-State License
If you’re a new resident looking to transfer a drivers license from a different state, you’ll need to visit your local LA Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) office within 30 days once you’ve established residency. There you’ll need to provide valid identification in addition to your existing license, or an official copy of your driving record. If you own a vehicle, you’ll need to provide proof of insurance. You’ll also be required to have your car undergo a vehicle safety inspection in order to qualify for registration with the LA OMV. This can be done at most car dealerships and auto repair shops.
Transferring an out-of-state license for minors under the age of 17 requires accompaniment by a parent or legal guardian, as well as a completed Certificate of Required School Attendance form, provided by your school.
Replacing a License
You can also apply for a replacement license if something happens to your existing one, but you may be required to pay a replacement fee. Be prepared to show your proof of identification or other documents a second time.
Some of the necessary steps to obtain a state license can be completed online, but some must be done in person. Contact your local LA OMV for specific information as to what they’ll require you to do or what documents you’ll need to provide to them in person prior to going in to apply for your license.