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    Verified As Of: 05/07/2015

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    SUMMARY: How to Apply for a Louisiana Driver's License

    You must apply for a Louisiana driver’s license in person at an OMV office. You will need to pass the vision, knowledge, and road tests, and pay the required fees. Before applying, you must complete an approved Driver’s Ed or pre-licensing course.

    All you need to know to get your first driver's license from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) can be found on this page.

    If you are younger than 17 years old, your application procedures will be different. Follow the instructions on our Applying for New Teen License page.

    New to Louisiana?

    If you're new to Louisiana, you may be able to have your out-of-state driver's license transferred to the OMV. You must do this within 30 days of moving to the state.

    Follow the same application procedure outlined below, but in addition, you will need to:

    • Surrender your out-of-state driver's license, present a driving record from your previous state, OR submit a clearance letter.
    • Provide proof of Louisiana auto insurance (if you have a car registered in LA).

    The LA OMV may waive some of your DMV tests.

    Types of LA Driver's Licenses

    The Louisiana OMV offers various types of driver's licenses depending on what vehicle you drive:

    Application procedures and fees may vary.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Only legal residents of Louisiana can apply for a driver's license in the state.

    Before applying, you must first complete either a:

    • Driver's education course:
      • Classroom: 30 hours.
      • Behind-the-wheel instruction: 8 hours.
      OR
    • Pre-licensing course:
      • Classroom: 6 hours.
      • Behind-the-wheel instruction: 8 hours.

    For more information, visit our Driver’s Education in LA page.

    Apply for a Driver's License in LA

    To obtain a Louisiana driver's license, you will need to appear in person at a LA OMV office. You must:

    • Complete an Application for License or Identification Card (Form DPSMV 2003).
    • Provide proof of your identity (multiple documents required), such as your:
      • Birth certificate.
      • Passport.
      • Employment ID card.
      Visit the LA OMV website for a complete list of required documents.
    • Provide proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • Verification from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
    • Pass the DMV tests:
      • Vision.
      • Driving.
      • Written knowledge.
    • Have your photo taken.
    • Pay the $21.50 fee ($12.50 if you're 70 years old or older).
      • Plus a local fee of up to $4.
      • E-checks and debit/credit cards will incur additional fees.

    Written and Driving Tests

    Your knowledge exam will consist of questions based on information taken from the LA Driver’s Manual. You will need to correctly answer at least 80% of the test in order to pass. If you want to ensure passing the exam on your first attempt we suggest using an online practice test from our certified partner.

    Your driving test can be taken either at a LA OMV office or from a third-party testing provider. Remember to make an appointment before your visit.

    If you are taking the test in your own vehicle, you must provide the following before beginning your exam:

    • Proof of insurance.
    • Safety inspection sticker.
    • Registration certificate (vehicle must have a current validation sticker).

    NOTE: Third-party providers can charge an additional fee of up to $40 for the driving test..

    You will be tested on your ability perform various driving maneuvers, including:

    • Parking.
    • Yielding right of way.
    • Using lanes correctly.
    • Changing lanes.
    • Backing out.

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