RULES & REGULATIONS

LOUISIANA DRIVERS LICENSE RULES & RESOURCES

Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP)

Effective 09/04/2018, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will implement the Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP). All students enrolled in a driver education on or after the effective date must present a TIP to the enrolled driver education provider. In addition, the student must have the TIP in their possession when operating a motor vehicle during the behind the wheel portion of instruction and when accompanied by a licensed driver education instructor or during the administration of a road skills test. Upon completion of driver’s education, the TIP will be surrendered to OMV along with proof of completion of the driver’s education course and any other necessary documents. There is no additional cost to convert from the TIP to a Learner’s Permit.
To obtain a TIP at the OMV, the following documentation must be presented:

  • A certified birth certificate or Louisiana identification card
  • Verification of your Social Security Number
  • Proof of enrollment form. From the school attending
  • A custodial parent or legal guardian must sign the application. The parent must present identification and legal guardians must also present legal documents verifying the guardianship.

NOTE: OMV DOES NOT ACCEPT PHOTOCOPIES OF ANY DOCUMENTS

Class E – Drivers License Requirements

All applicants must successfully complete a driver education course. These courses are offered by driving schools licensed by the LA Department of Public Safety or some secondary schools. The courses offered for those applicants 14.9 to 17 years of age include 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind the wheel instruction.

IDENTIFICATION

All minors must present the following documentation:

  • A certified birth certificate or Louisiana identification card
  • Verification of your Social Security Number
  • A certificate of Successful Completion from the driver education class attended
  • Certificate of Required Attendance from the school attended
  • A custodial parent or legal guardian must sign the application. The parent must present identification and legal guardians must also present legal documents verifying the guardianship.

NOTE: OMV DOES NOT ACCEPT PHOTOCOPIES OF ANY DOCUMENTS LISTED ABOVE.

Graduated Licensing Program (15 to 17 years)

All applicants, ages 15 and 16, must participate in the graduated licensing program and must start with a learner’s permit. The applicant is authorized to drive with a licensed parent, guardian, or adult at least 21 years of age, or a licensed sibling at least 18 years of age or older. The applicant must pass a vision and knowledge test. Complete information on the graduated licensing program is available at www.expresslane.org.

  • Applicants (age 15) must maintain the learner’s permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until they reach the age of 16 when they may apply for an intermediate license.
  • Applicants (age 16) must maintain the learner’s permit for a minimum of 180 days.
  • Applicants (age 17) are eligible for either a learner’s permit or a full license. In order to obtain a full license, the vision and road skills tests must be passed.

Adult Drivers Education (18 years and older)

  • Must have Louisiana Temporary Instruction Permit before attending driving school
  • You must complete a driver education or pre-licensing course if you have never been issued a driver’s license
  • 30 hours classroom instruction and 8 hours behind-the-wheel instruction OR
  • 6 hours pre-licensing classroom instruction and 8 hours behind-the-wheel instruction
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Study guides are available on the web at www.expresslane.org. Learner’s Permit Vision – You must have 20/40 vision in one eye and must successfully pass a vision test. Knowledge – A 40 question test with a minimum score of 80% is required.