New training requirements for first time drivers

A bill passed in this spring's legislative session will usher in sweeping new changes to Louisiana's driver licensing law.

The new law, which takes effect August 1, mandates an increased number of classroom training hours as well as behind-the-wheel driving instruction for first time licensure applicants.

Senate Bill 667 requires those seventeen years of age to attend a 38 hour driver education course versus the previous requirement of a 6 hour pre-licensing course.

The new law will also impact new applicants 18 years and older by now requiring 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction in addition to the 6 hours of classroom instruction.

Individuals that are currently holding a 6 hour pre-licensing certificate must make application prior to August 1st, 2012 or they will need to comply with the new requirements.

If you have questions regarding the new requirements, contact the Office of Motor Vehicles at (225) 922-1664.