To renew a drivers license in Louisiana, you must first have a drivers license so let’s start there. To get your first license if you are 16 or 17 years old, you will first need a learner’s permit. We are assuming you are past the permit stage and are ready to apply for a license. At this age, you can get an intermediate license, which gives you a curfew at 11 PM. It also requires that you are supervised by an adult over 21 years old and puts restrictions on how many adults can be in your car at night. To apply for this, you will need to pay a fee of about $32 to $38 and you will need to show primary proof of your identification.
If you are 18 years or older, then you are going to want to apply for your Regular Class E Drivers License. To get one of these, you will need either a Driver’s Education Course (consisting of 30 hours of classroom time and 6 hours on the road) or a Pre Licensing Course (consisting of 6 hours of classroom time and 6 more hours on the road). Then you will need to pay your fee and provide one primary proof and two secondary proofs of your identification. You will also have to be tested on your driving ability, vision, and knowledge of the rules of the road.
So let’s assume you already have a drivers license and you need to get it renewed. What are the ins and outs of the renewal game? Well your regular drivers license expires every 6 years on your birthday. You can renew it up to 180 days before it expires or 10 days after it expires. If you try to renew it after these 10 days are up, you will incur additional fees. The Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles will notify you within a hundred days of your drivers license’s expiration that your expiration date is coming up and how you can renew it.
There are three ways to renew your drivers license. The first way is online. All you have to do is go on the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles’ website and provide your drivers license number, your date of birth, and your payment (for your renewal fee). If you have to change your name or address, or if your license has been lost, stolen, or damaged, you cannot renew it online and must instead wait on the dreaded DMV line in person.
The next way to renew your drivers license is through the mail. There are five requirements to be able to do this through the mail. First, you must be under 70 years old (unless you have a medical diagnosis preventing you from going to the DMV in person). Second, you must have renewed your last license in person. Third, you cannot have a license that has been expired for 12 months or more. Fourth, you cannot have a cancelled, suspended, lost, stolen, or damaged license. And lastly, you must be a United States citizen.
The final way to renew your drivers license is in person. The never-ending, grueling line at the DMV. That you have to do here is complete your application, prove your identity with one primary and one secondary document OR with three secondary documents, provide your social security number, provide two documents proving your residency, prove you have liability insurance if you own a vehicle, pass another vision exam, and pay another renewal fee.
To clarify, some examples of primary documents include your birth certificate, US Passport, or military ID. Some examples of secondary documents include your social security card, student ID (you may need to bring your transcript with you), and your health insurance card. Another note- if you are 70 years of age or older, you get a discounted renewal fee. Instead of paying $32 to $38, you pay $19 to $25. If your license has been expired for more than 10 days, your additional fee will be $15.
Knowing all of this information now, you should be able to pass all the requirements in Louisiana for renewing your drivers license! If you have any other questions about the subject, feel free to visit the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles’ website or even stop by their offices before they close!