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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 and 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 once you turn 16 years old.
  • 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 this age, you are eligible to simply apply for a permanent Class E drivers license

Applicants 17 years old 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 at all hours of the day.

Third Party Tester

State-certified third-party testers are also an option for the driving skills test. For a fee, 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)
  • Proof of your identity
  • Social Security card (if applicable)
  • A Certificate of Successful Completion of a Drivers Education Course (38 hours) or a Pre-Licensing Course (6 hours) approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections
  • 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.

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.

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Class E Intermediate License

Once you pass the road test, you’ll receive an intermediate 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.

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