This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Louisiana
Depending on your age, you might need to hold your permit for a specific number of days before becoming eligible to apply for a Kentucky drivers license.
- 15 years old―Must hold a learner’s permit for a minimum of 180 days; after that you may apply for an intermediate license and take the driving skills test once you turn 16
- 16 years old―Must hold a learner’s permit for a minimum of 180 days; after that you may apply for an intermediate license and take the driving skills test
- 17 years old―Once you pass your road test, the state will drop the accompanying adult restriction; no minimum days required to hold the permit as at age 17, you are eligible to simply apply for a permanent Class E drivers license
Applicants 17 and older do not have to complete the intermediate license phase. You may apply for a full Class E license by following the steps below.
A) Determine Where to Take Your LA Driving Skills Test
The state does not schedule appointments for the driving skills test, but you do have two options on where you can take it:
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV)
Locate a nearby office to take your road test, keeping in mind the state does not offer the test between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and during inclement weather. The state suggests you arrive no later than 3 p.m.
Third Party Tester
State-certified third-party testers are also an option for the driving skills test. For up to $30, they will administer the test at your convenience (usually any time day or night, including during inclement weather). They will even lease a vehicle to you to take the road test. Be sure you bring a Test History Form or a valid learner’s permit issued by the Louisiana OMV.
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B) Taking the Driving Skills Test Through the State
If you opt to take the road test through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, you’ll also take a vision test during your visit. Bring the following with you:
- Your learner’s permit (if applicable)
- Certified birth certificate (16 year olds) or meet ID requirements (see Section I, Policy 6.00 and Policy 6.02; if you are 18 or older, you only need to provide one primary identification document listed under Policy 6.00
- Social Security card (if older than 16)
- A Certificate of Successful Completion of a 38-Hour Drivers Education Course or a Six-Hour Pre-Licensing Course approved by the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (17 and older only; does not apply to those 16 and 17 who have already presented the 38-hour certificate when applying for a learner’s permit)
- Proper fees (cash only)
- Current certificate of registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle you furnish for the road test*
*You must provide a road test vehicle that bears a current safety inspection sticker and license plate validation sticker.
Also note that if you are 16 or 17 years old, you must be accompanied by parent or guardian (with picture ID) who will attest to your completion of 35 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience with a licensed adult driver. If your parents have joint custody of you, only your domiciliary parent can sign for you. If your mother accompanies you and is remarried, she must present documentation (such as a certified copy of her divorce decree and new marriage license) that proves the connection in your names.
Following the Road Test and Retakes
Once you finish the road skills test, the examiner will discuss your errors and maneuvers you need to work on. If you don’t pass the road test, you can return at a later date to retest once you feel better prepared. If you don’t have a learner’s permit, the state may issue you one so you can practice.
Get Your Louisiana Driver's License
Class E Intermediate License
Once you pass the road test, you’ll receive an intermediate license. You must maintain it for a minimum of one year from the date of issuance or until you turn 17 in order to graduate to a full Class E license. With your intermediate license, you must follow these restrictions:
- You may drive alone or with passengers except between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- If you are accompanied by a licensed parent, guardian or adult who is at least 21 years old, the above restriction does not apply
Full Class E License
After passing the road test, you will earn an unrestricted Class E drivers license. If you have already held an intermediate license, graduating to this full license does not require taking another road test.