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Obtaining a Louisiana Driver's License: How to Apply

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Requirements for Obtaining a Louisiana driver’s license:

Identification Requirements: All applicants for a driver’s license or an identification card are required to present proof of identification.

First Time Applicants: Are required to provide one of the following combinations:

  • One primary and two secondary documents OR
  • Two primary documents OR
  • A previous Louisiana identification card/driver’s license with a photo which clearly identifies the applicant and the Social Security Number is part of the file; additional identification documents are NOT required.

Additional Driver’s License /Identification Card Requirements for Applicants 17 and Under: The signature of the custodial parent /legal guardian is required for the issuance of a driver’s license or identification card (16 and under)(including first time applications, duplicates and changing restrictions).  Identification must be presented by the minor and the parent or guardian.  If joint custody has been awarded only the domiciliary parent may sign.

Social Security Number (SSN) Requirement: All applicants eligible for a SSN must provide the number upon application for a driver’s license. The SSN will not print on the face of the license; however, it must be entered in the department’s internal records. In order to comply with the Military Selective Service Act, R.S. 32:40:1321(D)(1), the SSN is required of all male US citizens or immigrants age 15 to 26 who apply for a driver’s license or ID card. Failure

Out-of-State Transfers: Applicants must provide all of the following:

  • Out-of-state license
  • One primary document
  • 3.One secondary document
  • SSN; or a previous Louisiana license or identification card currently on photo retrieval will waive the above requirements.

Duplicates: When an applicant 18 or over applies for a duplicate Louisiana driver’s license or 17 or over applies for a duplicate identification card and a photo image does not exist under the Photo Retrieve Program for verification purposes, the applicant is required to provide one of the following combinations of identification:

  • One primary and one secondary document, OR
  • Three secondary documents, OR
  • An expired Louisiana driver’s license or identification card provided the photo clearly identifies applicants.

Click here for the application for a Louisiana Driver’s License or Identification card.

Required Documents

Bring the documents listed below to a local Office of Motor Vehicles to apply for a learner's permit.  The requirements for the age categories are listed below.

Requirements if you are between 15 and 17 years of age:

  • certified birth certificate,
  • Social Security Verification,
  • certificate of successful completion of a 38 Hour Drivers Education Course approved by the Department of Public Safety & Correction,
  • completed Certificate of Required Attendance form obtained from the school office.
  • Home schooled students must present the Home Study Approval Notification Letter or the Registered Non public School: Registration Confirmation letter from the Louisiana Department of Education.
  • parent or legal guardian must accompany you with picture I.D In the case of joint custody, only the domiciliary parent may sign.
  • License and Handling Fees: $32.25 (a local fee may apply which will not exceed $4.50) (Current as of October 27, 2016 - check the OMV website for the most up-to-date information.)
  • A 15 year old cannot get an Intermediate license until he is 16 years old and has had the Learners Permit for a minimum of 180 days.

Requirements if you are 18 and older:

  • certified birth certificate,
  • Social Security Verification,
  • certificate of successful completion of a 38 Hour Drivers Education Course or a Pre-Licensing Course, approved by the Department of Public Safety & Correction
  • proof of legal presence in the country​
  • License and Handling Fees: $32.25 (a local fee may apply which will not exceed $4.50) (Current as of October 27, 2016 - check the OMV website for the most up-to-date information.)​
  • If you do not have the original Social Security Card, you will need to provide an additional secondary document.

LEAP

The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Acadiana Legal Services. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.