Obtaining A New Louisiana Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Louisiana? The Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many OMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the OMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local OMV.

3: Via a OMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local OMV office. Varying OMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the OMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your OMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Before you can drive in Louisiana, you’ll need to acquire a license. You can only apply for a license in person as there’s no mail or online procedures for getting a new driver’s license in the state. Click here to receive your personalized checklist and application.

Study the Louisiana driver’s handbook before you go for your tests when getting a new drivers license in Louisiana.

Obtaining a New Drivers License

To get a new drivers license, you’ll need several documents, including:

  • Social Security number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence

Use this link for a full document list: Louisana Dept of Public Safety Identification Requirements

Requirements

  • 18 and younger: You must present a certificate of successful completion of a 38-hour driver education course or a six-hour pre-licensing course that has been approved through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
  • 18 and older―You are also required to take drivers education classes. This can be fulfilled by the successful completion of a 38-hour driver education course or a six-hour pre-licensing course that has been approved through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
  • Take a written test
  • Take an eye exam
  • Take a road test

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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