Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) oversees vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, title transfers, and other motor vehicle-related services in Louisiana. Here is an overview of key information and services:


The LA OMV provides forms for license and registration needs, including:

  • Driver’s License Application (DPSMV2022)
  • Vehicle Registration Application (DPSMV1799)
  • Duplicate Title Request (DPSMV3004)
  • Notice of Change of Address (DPSMV2005)

Download official LA OMV forms from expresslane.org to ensure accuracy.

Registration Renewal Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles

Louisiana vehicle registrations must be renewed every 2 years. Renewal notices are mailed out 6-8 weeks prior to your expiration date.

You can renew your registration online, by mail, at OMV field offices, or at certain third-party locations. Have your registration, insurance info, and mileage available.

Appointment Scheduling

The OMV offers appointments for select services like knowledge tests, road tests, REAL ID applications, and out-of-state transfers.

Book appointments online in advance to save time. Be sure to verify which documents to bring to your appointment.

Driver Exam Stations

There are over 90 OMV field offices in Louisiana that conduct the required knowledge test and behind-the-wheel driving test.

Study the driver’s guide, bring proper ID and your completed application. Both tests are offered on a walk-in basis during exam hours.

2024 Louisiana Driver’s Manual

The 2024 Louisiana Driver’s Manual covers laws, road signs, safe driving tips, and licensing procedures.

Read the entire manual before taking your knowledge test. Refer to sections on traffic controls, right-of-way rules, signals, and signs when practicing driving skills.

License Renewal Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles

Louisiana driver’s licenses are valid for 4 years and expire on your birthday. The OMV mails a renewal notice approximately 30 days before expiration.

Renew your license up to 6 months before expiration online, by mail, or in person. Updated identity documents are required.

License Plates

All vehicles registered in Louisiana must display a current license plate on the rear bumper only. Plates have a blue background with white letters/numbers.

Bring your title or registration and proof of insurance to the OMV to obtain required LA plates. Specialty plates cost extra fees.

Contact OMV

Find contact information for your local OMV field office on their website. You can also call the OMV Call Center at (225) 925-6146.

Field office hours vary but are typically 8am-4pm Monday through Friday. Some metro locations offer Saturday hours.

5 Key Louisiana OMV Questions

1. How do I transfer my out-of-state license to Louisiana?

Apply for a LA license within 60 days of moving. Bring your old license, proof of residency, and identity documents.

2. Does Louisiana require emissions or smog testing?

No, Louisiana has no emissions inspection requirements for vehicle registration.

3. What is the penalty for late registration renewal?

Registrations renewed after expiration incur a $15 late fee plus $2 for each additional month late.

5. How much are replacement plates in Louisiana?

It costs $18.50 to replace a single lost, stolen, or damaged Louisiana license plate. $37 to replace a set.


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