Apply for a License (Drivers 18+) in Louisiana
COVID-19 Effects on Licensing Services
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state DMVs nationwide have closed driver licensing offices, extended license and registration expiration dates, and/or limited the transactions they are processing. If possible, residents should use the OMV's online services to complete any relevant transactions. Follow the OMV's most recent updates for the latest information.
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?
Find all the information you need to finish your moving requirements with the DMV.
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.
- If you have a valid license you will not be required to take driver's education, the pre-licensing course, or any test except the vision test.
- 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:
- Regular driver's license: Class E.
- Commercial driver's license (CDL): Classes A, B, and C.
- Motorcycle license.
Application procedures and fees may vary.
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.
- 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 documentation of your identity including:
- A Louisiana identification card or driver's license with a clear photo.
- Provide proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
- Social Security card.
- Verification from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- Provide a proof of auto insurance on any vehicle you own.
- Pass the DMV tests:
- Written knowledge.
- Provide 1 document proving your residency, which include items like:
- A utility bill.
- A voter registration card.
- For a complete list of residency documents, consult the OMV's website.
- Have your photo taken.
- Pay the $32.25 fee ($18.75 if you're 70 years old or older).
- Plus a local fee of up to $6.
- E-checks and debit/credit cards will incur additional fees.
If you wish to apply for a Real ID you will need to bring proof of:
- Legal status.
- Date of birth.
- Social security number.
- Residence (multiple documents required).
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:
- Yielding right of way.
- Using lanes correctly.
- Changing lanes.
- Backing out.