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Minor Driver Education

Education Requirements for Minors

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.

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

All applicants age 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. For more information visit the Permits page.


You may begin driving students after you have been fully licensed by the Training and Certification Unit.

The cost of driver’s education varies by school and location. You will need to contact the individual schools for price details. Click here to view a list of the schools and view their contact information.


You can view the Class D & E Louisiana Driver's Guide by clicking here.

Click here to view the form to add or delete a vehicle.

Driver’s education Certificates of Completion are good for five years from the issue date.

A lesson plan is a detailed description of the course of instruction for a lesson. They are based on the subject matter, teaching preference, and the needs of the students. For driver’s education purposes, the lesson plan should be geared towards teaching the students the knowledge needed to be a safe and courteous driver in both the classroom setting and the behind-the-wheel. Your lesson plan should tell how you will teach the material, not that you have the information to teach. 

A lesson plan has many different looks. Some are strictly through lectures, which are narratives. Some are more visual, such as PowerPoint presentations. Today’s youth tend to be more visual learners, so a PowerPoint presentation with links to videos and other visual elements may be more appropriate. This is not to say you cannot have lectures, but the average student in this day and age tends to respond better to visual stimuli than just verbal ones. With that being said, a PowerPoint lesson plan is preferred and it should be sent via email or on a thumb drive. The average lesson plan is between 250 and 400 slides long.


For defensive driving information, click here and go to Section 2901.

For TIP card information, click here.

To determine if you need Driver’s Education, click here to meet DouxWe! 


A complete list of Louisiana driving schools can be found by clicking here.

Click here to view the new instructor checklist. 

The road skills test certificate is good for five years from the issue date.

Currently, all applications must be mailed to:

Office of Motor Vehicles
Attn:  Training & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA  70896-4886

To become a driving school owner, the applicant must:

    • be a citizen of the United States or be lawfully present in the United States, and be a resident of the state of Louisiana;
    • be at least 21 years of age and have at least 5 years of unrestricted driving experience;
    • hold at least a valid class “E” Louisiana driver’s license;
    • have earned at least a high school diploma or GED;
    • not have had driving privileges suspended/disqualified for a DUI/DWI within the last 10 years;
    • possess any required occupational license and business license;

within the last three years, not have any of the convictions listed below:

  • three or more moving violations on the driving record;
  • driving under suspension;
  • two or more citations for seatbelt violations;
  • two or more citations for following too closely;
  • one or more citations for child restraint violations;
  • three or more exceeding the posted speed limit;
  • one or more citations for texting while driving;
  • two or more citations for driving without insurance or security within three years; or,
  • two or more citations for reckless or careless operation or careless driving;


  • not have three or more insurance cancellations within the last 12 months on his driving record;
  • not have been convicted of any offenses related to the operation of a driving school or other business regulated by DPS;
  • not a current or previous owner of a driving school or any other business regulated by DPS whose license or contract has been revoked;
  • not have been convicted of a crime involving violence, dishonesty, deceit, indecency or an offense involving moral turpitude, and have not been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony offenses involving controlled dangerous substance(s) or driving while intoxicated within the last 10 years;
  • not be convicted of any crime enumerated in R.S. 15:587.1(C) (the Child Protection Act), R.S. 15:587.1 et seq.
  • has not provided false information with the application or falsified or withheld documents or information from representatives of DPS

  • Opening a driving school is a multi-phase process. Click here for a checklist.
    • Phase 1 - School application with fees, background check, and disclosure.
    • Phase 2 - You will need to create a lesson plan based on the current standardized Driver’s Education curriculum and submit it for review.
    • Phase 3 - Secure location, vehicle(s), insurance requirements, surety bond, occupational license (if required), and any other business-related items.
    • Phase 4 - Third Party Road Skills test route, required training, and additional instructors/examiners applications.

Please click here to view the cost breakdown associated with opening a driving school.

If at any time during the process of opening a driving school, you decide it is not for you, please email to inform the Training and Certification Unit of this decision. 

All fees submitted to the state are non-refundable.

For first-time driver's license information, click here.


Click here for information about opening a Comercial Driver's License (CDL) school.

Click here for more information on how to become a CDL third-party tester.

To file a complaint, you may email the Office of Motor Vehicles, Training and Certification Unit at For the complaint form, click here.


This is part of Phase 3. This is done once you have completed all Phase 1 and 2 items and have received instructions to begin Phase 3. Click here to view the checklist.

Click here to view all checklists and forms for existing driving schools.


The third-party road skills test report is due by January 10th and July 10th of each year.