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There is a 10 day grace period after expiration where you may renew your license without paying additional fees.

If you failed to appear in court or to pay your traffic fine on or prior to your court date, the court issued an order to the Office of Motor Vehicles to suspended your driving privileges by the authority of R.S.32:57.1. The fine paid to the court is for the traffic ticket and/or court cost. The fine paid to the Office of Motor Vehicles is a reinstatement fee for the reinstatement of your driving privileges.

Louisiana law requires that you notify the Motor Vehicle Office within 10 days any time your address changes. You must appear in person to have this transaction completed. Please take your driver’s license and proof of insurance for any vehicle you own. Proof of insurance is required on all motor vehicle transactions, as well as proof of residency. Fee: $13.00 (a local fee may apply which will not exceed $4.50 or $6 for the local governing authority in Jefferson and Orleans parish) for a 4-year license and $17.00 for a 6-year license (a local fee may apply which will not exceed $6).

Minors, 17 or under, must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian with picture I.D. In case of joint custody, only the domiciliary parent may sign. 

NOTE: If you own a vehicle, please have the address corrected on the certificate of registration. Changing the address on your driver's license does not automatically change the address on any vehicles you may own.

If your driver's license expires within 90 days, you will be required to renew.

Bring your driver's license proof of residency and proof of insurance for any vehicles you own to your local Office of Motor Vehicles.

You will be required to take and pass the Chauffeurs knowledge test and the vision test only. You will not be required to take a road skills test. Review the Louisiana Driver's Guide and study Chapter 10. The guide is available online.

If you have time remaining on your Class E driver's license it will be credited towards the fee for the change.

Minors must be age 17 and require parental consent for issuance. 

Fee: $54.75 (a local fee may apply not to exceed $6)

The Office of Motor Vehicles has on-line verification with the Social Security Administration. All name changes must be recorded with the Social Security Administration prior to your visit to the Office of Motor Vehicles.

To have your name changed on your license, you must go to the Office of Motor Vehicles with original documentation that supports the name change (i.e., certified birth certificate, state-certified marriage license, divorce decree, probate court documents, etc.), your current license, proof of residency and proof of insurance for any vehicle you own. You will be required to pass a vision test.

Minors, 17 years of age or younger, must be accompanied by a custodial parent or legal guardian with picture I.D. In the case of joint custody, only the domiciliary parent may sign. 

Fee: $13.00 (A local fee may apply not to exceed $4) for a 4-year license and $17.00 for a six-year license (A local fee may apply not to exceed $6). The name change is considered as a duplicate license and the expiration date of the license does not change.

If the applicant possesses multiple Louisiana credentials such as an ID card or mobility impaired hangtag, the name must be changed on those documents as well. The name on all credentials must be changed at the same time.

You may be eligible for a renewal of your license/ID card if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a full-time student attending classes out of state/country (copy of current student ID required)
  2. You are military or military dependent (copy of current military ID and copy of enlistment papers or letter from commanding officer required)
  3. Your privileges are not canceled/suspended or revoked.
  4. Your privileges have not been expired for more than 12 months.
  5. We have a photo in our database.
  6. Your last renewal was not a mail-in/web renewal (where a sticker was issued) or a reconstructed license.
  7. You would, otherwise, meet the criteria to renew via mail/web.
  8. You must submit a completed and signed application and attach appropriate documents and fees. Fees must be submitted in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the Office of Motor Vehicles. This office does not accept checks for driver's license issuance.

If you are military and you have not visited our office for renewal within the last 5 years, with a copy of your enlistment papers/deployment orders, we may be able to mark your record "VALID MILITARY" which will keep your license valid until 60 days after discharge.

A $15.00 late fee will apply if the license is more than 10 days expired.

Driver's License Renewal (Class D or E) Fees
Class E - $32.25
Class D - (Orleans Parish) - $66.00
Motorcycle Endorsement renewal - add $12.00

Identification Card (ID) Renewal Fee
Class I (ID Card) - $18.00

This office does not accept personal checks, however, certified check, cashiers check or money order made payable to the Office of Motor Vehicles.

Mailing address:

Office of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Reconstructed License
P O Box 64886
Baton Rouge, La. 70896

Phone inquiries
Local Baton Rouge - 225.925.4195

Once the application and fee have been submitted, allow approximately 7-10 days for the license to be processed and mailed.

You must make a written request for this letter. Include your full name, date of birth and social security number. Attach a copy of your out-of-state driver's license or birth certificate and a $5.00 fee. The fee must be in the form of a money order, cashiers check or certified check. No personal check are accepted.

Please allow 10 working days for processing.


Mail to:
OMV
P.O. BOX 64886
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

A separate license to operate a motorcycle is not issued in Louisiana. Once an applicant proves he is qualified, a motorcycle endorsement is added to the existing Louisiana license. 

Bring your driver's license, proof of residency and proof of insurance to a local Office of Motor Vehicles.

All applicants must successfully pass the vision exam. Additional testing is based on whether the applicant has attended a motorcycle training safety course. Applicants who have successfully completed the "Department of Public Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operators Training Program." on or after October 28, 2011, will be exempt from the knowledge and skills test. Any certificate with a course completion date prior to October 28, 2011, will exempt the applicant from the skills test requirement ONLY.​  A skills test will not be required for applicants that have completed a course offered by certain course providers. For a list of course providers click here

A course schedule may be found at http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html Applicants may voluntarily participate in the program if they meet the qualifications of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to apply for a motorcycle operator's endorsement. Applicants must provide the original certificate as proof of completion.

Applicants, which have not attended the course described above, will be required to successfully pass the knowledge test and a road skills test. The motorcycle study guide is available on our website. Applicants will be required to furnish the motorcycle used in the skills test. The motorcycle must have a current license plate, proof of current insurance and a current inspection sticker. A motorcycle helmet is required for the skills test.

Fee: $18.00 (a local fee may apply not to exceed $6).

Some Motor Vehicle offices do not administer the road skills tests between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Some offices schedule road skills tests. Check the field office directions for the road skills test schedule of your nearest office. Skills tests are NOT given during inclement weather.

You can remove the corrective lenses restriction on your driver’s license after vision correction surgery at your local Office of Motor Vehicles. Please take your driver’s license proof of residency and proof of insurance if you own an automobile. You will be required to take and pass the vision test. Fee: $13.00 for a 4-year license (4-year licenses soon will not be offered) and $17.00 for a 6-year license (a local fee may apply which will not exceed $6 regardless of the duration of the license).

United States male citizens or immigrants who are eighteen years of age or older, but less than twenty-six years of age, shall be registered for the Military Selective Service when applying to receive or renew a learner's permit, driver's license, commercial driver's license, or identification card. Any US male citizen or immigrant who is 15 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, shall provide personal information for registration with the Selective Service. Upon the applicant attaining eighteen years of age, the applicant shall automatically be registered with Selective Service.

You must contact the court indicated on the ticket to pay your fine. The State of Louisiana does not have any information regarding the ticket you were issued. If your home state has notified you about the failure to pay the ticket you should contact them for information regarding which Louisiana court you will have to contact.

If the duplicate credential was not received, the applicant must allow for a 30-day waiting period from the date of application and must visit a field office within sixty (60) days of application to be eligible for a replacement credential at no charge.

A complete list of OMV offices and Public Tag Agents can be found at https://offices.omv.la.gov/