Louisiana Learner’s Permit: A First-Time Teen Driver Guide

First-time drivers beginning at age 15 and have taken a driver’s education course may apply for their learner’s permit. Doing so places the first-time driver on the path to an unrestricted license through the state’s graduated licensing program.

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 throughout each of these applications.

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

Applying for a Louisiana Learner’s Permit

Here’s what you would do:

  1. Go to your nearest LA DMV office
  2. Provide proof of identification
  3. Show proof of a completed driver’s ed course
  4. Submit a school attendance certificate
  5. Complete the permit application
    1. Parent/guardian (with ID) will sign
  6. Pay the $32.25 application and $6 local fees
  7. Get your vision checked
  8. Pass your written test
    1. Score 80% or higher (40 multiple choice questions)

The knowledge test is multiple-choice and measures your ability to identify road signs and traffic rules. You can practice this test either through you the state’s driving manual or by using online practice tests. Your driver’s education program will also cover these items.

Congratulations! You now have a learner’s permit.

You are expected to log 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience (15 at night). You are to be supervised by an adult (21+) or sibling (18+) whenever driving with your learner’s permit.

Upgrading to a Provisional License

The next stage of the state’s graduated licensing program will have you upgrading your permit into an intermediate license. Take the time to get your 50-hours of driving experience (logged), then follow our Louisiana Provisional License Guide when you’re ready.