11Jul 2015

Under the Louisiana’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program, first time driver license applicants are required to obtain a learner’s permit as the first stage. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is in charge of the GDL program and it has several licensing levels before you obtain an unrestricted driver’s license. The GDL program is designed to givegroundingin the skills necessary to be a safe and responsible driver. In addition, you will also be required to take a written permit test.

If you are a new Louisiana resident, you have a period of 30 days to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license or learner’s permit after moving to Louisiana. Considering that your previous state’s program may differ from the Louisiana GDL program, it is wise to directly contact the OMV to determine which driver’s license or learner’s permit you can apply for. However, the Louisiana OMV requires that you take a written permit test or a Driver’s Ed course to get a learner’s permit. Check with the Louisiana OMV to see whether you can bypass some of the requirements or get credit for your out-of-state Driver’s Ed course. You will need to surrender your out-of-state driver’s license when you apply for your LAlearner’s permit or driver’s license.

When you are ready for the written permit test, book an appointment with the LA OMV and prepare for the test.  The test has 40 multiple choice questions, and it mainly covers the following topics: Who may operate a vehicle, right-of-way, signaling, defensive driving, aggressive driving and road rage, dangers and effects of alcohol and drugs while driving, Louisiana driver’s license, signals and signs. You will need to have a pass score of 80% in the test to get your learner’s permit.

The following tips will help you pass the LA written test:

  • Study the Louisiana Driver’s manual, try to memorize all the numerical details, such as speed limits, time frames and distance.
  • Arrive at the LA OMV office a few hours before the testing time.
  • While taking the test give yourself enough time.
  • Be sure to read through all the listed  answers before choosing one.