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  • Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Louisiana

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    1) Choose Your License

    The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) issues the following license classes:

    NOTE: Our Teen Drivers section provides details about your application process.

    2) Take a Driver's Education Course

    You are required to take driver's ed classes. This can be fulfilled by the successful completion of a driver education course or a pre-licensing course that has been approved through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

    3) Prepare for the Test

    You can learn the basic rules of the road in the Louisiana Class D & E Drivers Guide. You can also check out our Practice Tests, Driver Education, and Drivers Training sections for additional information.

    4) Locate an OMV Office

    To apply for your license, you'll need to visit your local OMV. Larger stations are open during regular business hours, but small stations have more limited service times.

    To avoid the frustration of a wasted trip, call ahead to confirm the hours of the location you wish to visit.

    5) Make Test-Day Preparations

    A bit of preparation will make the process of getting your license much easier, so before you head to the OMV, have ready:

    • A completed Application for License or Identification Card.
    • Proofs of identification. The OMV recommends your birth certificate as a primary form and your Social Security card and a payroll stub as secondary forms. (If the name on your Social Security card doesn't match the name on your license or permit, you'll need to make the necessary changes with the Social Security Administration.) If you have a Louisiana ID card or driver's license with a photo and your Social Security number on it, that will fulfill all identification requirements.
    • Any court documents, marriage licenses, or divorce decrees as proof of any name changes.
    • The appropriate fee for your age and location (cash only).

    6) Take the Written Test

    There's no need to be nervous when taking the written exam for your driver's license. If you've reviewed the Louisiana Class D & E Drivers Guide and possible taken a driver education course, you should have all the knowledge you need to pass.

    The exam is designed to test your knowledge of the road signs, rules of the road, and driver's license regulations.

    7) Get a Car

    The OMV requires that you provide your own vehicle for your driving test. If you decide a used car is the best option, remember to request a vehicle history report before your purchase. This will provide you with information, such as accident records or odometer roll backs that could become a problem in the future.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle without a valid insurance policy, even if you're still working to earn your first driver's license. For assistance choosing a policy that best fits your needs and minimum coverage requirements, visit our Insurance Center.

    At your driving test, the official conducting the evaluation will ask to see proof of insurance, your inspection sticker, license plates, and registration.

    9) Take the Driving Test

    You don't have to take a driving test if you already hold an out-of-state license..

    The OMV doesn't require appointments for the driving skills test. Consider calling ahead to determine the best time to arrive.

    Once You Pass

    The OMV will issue your license.

    If You Fail

    The examiner will ask you to spend more time practicing your driving skills before retaking the exam at a later date.


    If you're visiting and have a valid driver's license from another country, you may drive within the state for a short time.

    You may want to get an International Driver Permit from your home country. The permit basically translates your foreign-issued license to make it understandable to U.S. officials. Keep both documents with you when driving.

    How to Apply as a Non-Citizen

    The process you follow to obtain a license will vary depending on your status. Refer to the Louisiana Class D & E Drivers Guide for details about apply as an immigrant alien, a non-immigrant alien, and a refugee.