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

The state of Louisiana has a graduated driver’s licensing program for first-time drivers.

The GDL program is operated through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) with the intent 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 pre-licensing course.

Getting Your Unrestricted License

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

Main requirements include:

  • 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. 1 primary document like: REAL ID, birth certificate, passport
    2. 2 secondary documents like: W-2, social security card, 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 a set of wheels of your own!