Licensing & State Laws
Are you legally allowed to drive without supervision now? Learn more about Louisiana’s multi-stage licensing process.
When you turn 15 and have completed a driver education course consisting of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind the wheel driving instruction, you may apply for a learner’s permit. You and your parent or guardian need to visit your local driver exam office and bring a primary identification document and two secondary documents. Typically these documents would be a state-certified copy of your birth certificate, your Social Security card and or a passport or school records. A list of acceptable documents can be found on the Louisiana Department of Public Safety website. Once you pass the written driver’s knowledge test and a vision test, you’ll be given your learner’s permit.
A learner’s permit lets you drive only with a licensed driver age 21 or older or a sibling at least 18 years of age supervising and sitting in the front seat. The learner’s permit lets you practice driving with an experienced adult driver. You must hold on to your learner’s permit for at least 180 days and cannot advance to the Intermediate Stage until you turn 16 and you have certified documentation from your parents or a legal guardian that you have practiced driving for at least 50 hours under their supervision.
- Keep track of your practice driving with the AAA Driving Log.
To be eligible for an intermediate license, you must have completed Stage 1, be at least 16 years of age, pass the road skills driving test and provide a signed statement by your parent or legal guardian attesting that you have a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience with a licensed adult driver, with 15 hours at night. Once you do that, you can receive your intermediate license. You will need to provide proof of insurance on the vehicle used for the road skills driving test.
When you have an intermediate license, you’re allowed to drive without a parent, but you must follow certain rules to help keep you safe. Louisiana does not allow teens with intermediate licenses to drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years of age or a sibling at least 18 years of age. An intermediate licensee may not between the hours of 6:00 PM. and 5:00 AM. transport more than one passenger that is under twenty-one years of age and not a member of the intermediate licensee’s immediate family. You must maintain the intermediate license until your 17th birthday. You and all of your passengers must wear seat belts while you’re driving.
At age 17, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license if you have successfully completed the first two stages. Applicants 17 years of age or older who have not entered the graduated licensing program may apply for a full license or a learner’s permit upon completion of a full driver’s education course or a six hour pre-licensing course.
For more information on the licensing process, please visit the Louisiana Department of Public Safety.
- Expect to present your driver’s license, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
- Always cooperate and be respectful with law enforcement, whether you’re the driver or a passenger.
- Talk to your parent about what happened.
If you get a ticket or are in a crash, it could lead to a court appearance and many unpleasant consequences.
- Suspended driving privileges
- Driver’s license points
- Attorney’s fees
- Court costs
- Insurance rate increases
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety, through the Office of Motor Vehicles, is in charge of licensing for all drivers in the state.
- StartSmart: Practice Driving – AAA’s tips for parents and teens about practice driving.
- StartSmart: Always Use Seat Belts – 63 percent of 16- to 20-year-olds who die in car crashes aren’t buckled up.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – Signing a formal agreement with your parent helps in multiple ways.
- Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.