Driver Education Requirements
All applicants must successfully complete a driver education course. These courses are offered by driving schools licensed by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and at some secondary schools. The Driver Education course offered for those applicants 14 years and 9 months to 17 years of age includes 30 hours of classroom and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. The Pre-Licensing course is offered for those applicants that are 18 and older. This includes 6 hours of classroom and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Eighteen and older students may also take the 38 hour Driver’s Education course in place of the 14 hour Pre-Licensing course. You may check with the Driving School of your choice for any questions about scheduling courses.
All students enrolled in driver education will be required to obtain a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) prior to the administration of the knowledge test, operation of a motor vehicle during on-road driving skills instruction or an on-road driving skills test. 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 during the administration of a road skills test. The Temporary Instructional Permit can be issued to anyone 14 years of age and above.
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 or a full license.
Graduated License Program
Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP)
- Applicant must be at least 14 years old.
- Only able to drive with a Licensed Driving School Instructor.
- Applicant must be at least 15 years old.
- Able to drive any time with a family member 18 years or older with a license or anyone over the age of 21 with a valid license.
- Must successfully pass the 38-hour Driver’s Education course or the 14-hour Pre-Licensing course along with obtaining an 80% or better on the OMV Knowledge test.
- Able to drive anywhere with anyone from 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
- Able to drive anywhere with one sibling passenger from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
- Able to drive any time with a family member 18 years or older with a license or anyone over the age of 21 with a valid license from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. (License reverts back to Learners Permit)
- Must successfully pass the Road Skills test with a score of 80 or better.
- Must be 17 years old or older.
- No driving restrictions unless medically or visually required.
- Must successfully pass the 38-hour Driver’s Education course or the 14-hour Pre-Licensing course along with obtaining an 80% or better on the OMV Knowledge test and an 80 or better on the Road Skills test.
All applicants must pass a vision test with a minimum of 20/40 vision in one eye, upon obtaining a Temporary Instructional Permit, Learners Permit, Intermediate License, or Full License. For more information, visit the Permits page.
All required testing must be completed before the issuance of a license. All tests are administered by the driver education provider or the OMV. Study guides are available on the web at
- One primary document such as a certified birth certificate, Louisiana ID card, current passport, or current military ID
- Verification of your Social Security Number is required. This can be your Social Security Card, W2 form, or a print out from the Social Security Administration verifying the number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, a letter from the Social Security Administration must be present. The number may also be given verbally.
- One additional form of identification such as a photo work ID, high school diploma, insurance card, etc.
- Certificate of Successful Completion of the driver education class attended.
- Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP)