Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles adds requirement for new drivers

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles adds requirement for new drivers
Starting in September, soon-to-drivers must get an instructional permit before enrolling in driver's education.

LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Previously, a new driver could finish up driver’s ed, get a permit and then eventually obtain a license. But now there’s another step.

Starting in September, soon-to-be drivers must get an instructional permit before enrolling in driver’s education.

“It’s called a TIP. It’s a temporary instructional permit, so that permit is only effective for the course. You can’t drive anywhere in any other vehicle with it. It’s only for your course here and your eight hours of behind-the-wheel training,” says Kathy Prince with the Parkview Driving School in Sulphur, LA.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles says this change is a necessary step toward legitimizing students before they get on the road. They also say it will streamline the process.

“In the long run it’s going to be easier on us because we aren’t going to have to check birth certificates, social. All of that is going to be done at the office of motor vehicles,” says Prince.

With this change, Prince says the OMV will store all information about the driver rather than having the driver’s ed schools do it. But Prince is worried this may overwhelm the OMV.

“We have a lot of students, we have a lot of kids in this area, we have a lot of adults in this area that take the course. It’s gonna be a lot!” she said.

The change in the law is set to go into effect on Sept. 4.

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