Thinking about getting your driver's license at the Louisiana DMV? Here's exactly what you need to know to get your permit, pass your road test, and get your Louisiana driver license.
Here's How to Get Your Louisiana Driver's License
Here's what you'll need to get your Louisiana license:
- Proof of Identification - one primary document (Certified Birth Certificate, Passport, Current Military ID or Louisiana ID card) and one additional document (Photo work ID, High School Diploma, Insurance Card, etc.)
- Proof of residency
- Social Security Verification
- Certificate of Driver Education Completion
- Non-immigrant Resident Aliens must also present the current passport with documentation from Homeland Security indicating your status in the United States.
- Fee: $32.25 + service fee up to $6.00
Here's what you'll need to do to get your Louisiana license:
- Read the Louisiana Driver Manual and take written practice tests online
- Apply for your Learner’s Permit: submit the required documents and ID at the DMV; consider making a DMV appointment or getting a line waiting concierge
- Bring the documents provided above to a local Office of Motor Vehicles, pay the $32.25 permit fee, pass the vision and written test.
- Practice driving by: enrolling in a driver’s education course. Here is a list of the top 10 driving schools in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Once you're ready, schedule your road test on the DMV website or you can schedule on Skip. If you need a car or driver for your road test, you can schedule a road test concierge here.
- Before your road test, visit the ultimate Louisiana DMV road test guide to find out more information about the Louisiana driving test.
- Once you pass your road test you'll receive a temporary driver's license. Then, you'll receive your new Class E driver’s license via U.S. mail.
NOTE: When you visit a local Office of Motor Vehicles, you should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and submit a signed statement confirming that you have completed a total of 50 hours of supervised driving including 15 hours completed at night.
Here are Louisiana driver's license exceptions to note:
- To be eligible for a LA learner’s permit, you must: be at least 15 years old, and have completed an approved drivers education course.
- With your LA learner’s permit you can only drive while supervised by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or a sibling at least 18 years old.
- With your LA learner’s permit you also need to hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days.
- Payments made by credit card and e-checks will incur additional fees.
- You can apply for an intermediate license when you are at least 16 years old.
- You may only drive unsupervised between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- The road skills test may be administered by OMV or a certified third party provider.
- Please allow sufficient time to complete all testing prior to the office closure. The road skills tests are NOT administered during inclement weather.
- Need a REAL ID? Then visit our Louisiana REAL ID page to find out what is required.