Louisiana Provisional License: A Step-by-Step Guide

A provisional license becomes available after first-time drivers holding a learner’s permit:

  • Held the permit for 180 days
  • Turned 16 years old
  • Completed their behind-the-wheel experience

You are then permitted to take a road test before upgrading your provisional. This takes place at a DMV location or an approved third-party testing site. You will need a registered and insured vehicle to take the road test – the test verifies your ability to practice safe driving.

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 upgrading a learner’s permit to the provisional.

Important: Every resident will need to either complete a driver’s education course or pre-licensing course.

Applying for a Louisiana Provisional License

Once you’re ready:

  1. Go to a DMV
  2. Show your information:
    1. Learner’s permit
    2. Birth certificate
  3. Submit your Certificate of Required Attendance
    1. Or: Home Study letter
  4. Pass your vision test
  5. Pay a $13 upgrade fee
    1. Plus: Local taxes

You’ll now have greater driving freedom (5 AM to 11 PM) with a licensed adult. If driving between 6 PM and 5 AM, you cannot have more than 1 passenger with you under 21 years old unless you’re accompanied by an adult.

You’ll become eligible to get your license after you’ve turned 17.

Upgrading a Provisional into a Full License

Those able to follow the road rules and meet state requirements may upgrade their provisional license into a full (adult) license by returning to the DMV and applying. This includes turning in their personal information, certificate of school attendance, and payment for the fees.

See our Louisiana Driver’s License Guide when you’re ready to upgrade.