How to Get Your Louisiana Driver’s License? Step-by-Step

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The state of Louisiana has a graduated driver’s licensing program for first-time drivers.  This graduated licensing program will help new drivers learn safe driving techniques and develop the skills necessary for full, unrestricted licensure. The program consists of three stages: the learner’s permit stage, the intermediate license stage, and the regular unrestricted license stage.

Each stage requires different experience levels and responsibility before a driver can move on to the next level.

The GDL program is operated through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) to give drivers an understanding of road rules and behind-the-wheel driving experience.

The GDL process includes:

  • Learner’s Permit
  • Provisional License
  • Unrestricted License

Before going to the DMV, you’ll want to collect:

  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Payment method

You will visit an LA DMV when applying for your new driver’s license.

Important: Every resident applying for a permit, provisional, or license will need to either complete a driver’s education course or a pre-licensing course.

Getting Your Unrestricted License

You will need to file the appropriate forms and pass specific requirements, whether you’re holding a provisional license or coming into the unrestricted license because you’re older.

The main requirements include the following:

  • Completed a driver’s education course
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have your provisional license

When ready, complete the following:

  1. Find and visit a DMV office
  2. Complete and file the Application for License or Identification Card (DPSMV 2003)
  3. Provide proof of identification:
    1. One primary document like a REAL ID, birth certificate, passport
    2. Two secondary documents like W-2, social security card, and voter registration card
    3. Or: Your provisional or out-of-state license
  4. Provide proof of LA residency
  5. Show proof of auto insurance
  6. Pass your tests:
    1. Vision
    2. Driving
    3. Knowledge
  7. Get your photo taken and pay the $32.25 fee and local fee
    1. 75 years or older: $18.75
    2. Local fee: $6
    3. Provisional holder: $13 upgrade fee

Your driving test takes place at the DMV when licensing. You’ll provide your own insured vehicle for this test. You may choose to take and forward confirmation from an authorized third party, too.

The knowledge test is a recap of road signs and rules. Practice a study test before going if you’re unfamiliar with the information.

Out-of-State Drivers

Licensed drivers coming from out-of-state will apply within 30 days of residency. The state expects you to surrender your old license and show proof of your driving record. You may submit a clearance letter when transferring your license, too.


Following the graduated program or appropriate sections will have earned you a permit, provisional, or unrestricted license. Continue practicing safe driving and enjoy your time on the roads.

Complete a vehicle registration when ready to get your own set of wheels!