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You must be at least 15 to get your learner's permit in Louisiana. Here's what you'll need to do to qualify:
The written knowledge exam consists of 40 questions and you'll need to get at least an 80% to pass. The test will cover topics like Louisiana's traffic laws, safe driving practices and the state's highway signs. You can use Louisiana's Driver's Guide to study.
Once you get your permit, you're allowed to practice driving as long as your accompanied by a licensed adult who is 21 or older, or a licensed sibling who is at least 18.
After you get your permit, it's important that you log plenty of practice hours behind the wheel. In fact, the state of Louisiana requires all teen drivers to get at least 50 hours of parent-supervised driving practice, including at least 15 at night, before they can apply for their provisional Louisiana driver's license.
Getting experience in the driver's seat will also make it easier to pass your driving test, which brings us to our next step.
Once you're 16 and you've had your learner's permit for at least 180 days, you're eligible to apply for your provisional driver's license which will allow you to start driving on your own. To get this license, you'll need to pass a driving test at your local OMV office. You'll want to check with them to see if they take appointments. They may also refer you to a third-party testing center.
When you go to take the test, you'll need to bring:
Your test will begin with a vehicle safety inspection. Be sure you know how to work the car's windshield wipers, horn, turn signals and other safety features, as your test administrator may ask you to show that they're in working order. Next, your tester will ask you to demonstrate the following maneuvers:
The exam takes about 15 minutes and your administrator will be watching to make sure that you don't exhibit any risky driving behaviors. After you pass the test, you'll receive your provisional Louisiana drivers license.
You're well on your way to earning your unrestricted Louisiana drivers license, but there's still one step left. You need to drive safely and follow all of the state's provisional license restrictions. Luckily, there's not many to keep track of.
In addition to abiding by all Louisiana traffic laws, you must:
As long as your follow these rules and have a clean driving record, you can upgrade to your unrestricted Louisiana license when you turn 17.