International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is honored for the first ninety days in Louisiana. If you have IDP you can go straight to the DMV to take the Driver’s License tests. If this is your first time getting a license, you are required to participate in a six hour pre-licensing course. This course is offered normally at the Ruston Civic Center every Saturday Morning, and the cost for this course is $25.00.
The following tests will be given when you apply for a Driver’s License. It is illegal to learn driving without a Learner’s Permit. The Learner’s Permit can be obtained by taking the three tests other than the driving (road) test.
Office of Motor Vehicles
2025 Farmerville Hwy
Ruston, LA 71270
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Note: No outside driving tests from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and road tests are not given in inclement weather.
Phone: (318) 251-4148
International students need the following documents to apply for a Louisiana Drivers License:
- Valid Passport
- I-94 (white card attached to your passport)
- Valid SEVIS I-20 AB/DS-2019
- Full-time letter obtained from the Office of International Affairs
- Your paid tuition/fee receipt
- Schedule of classes.
An eye test will determine if your vision meets minimum standards for safe driving. If you fail, you may take the test again after the problem has been corrected. If you need corrective lenses to pass the test, your license will show that you must wear them while driving.
Traffic Sign Test
You must know the meaning of standard road signs and be able to identify certain signs by shape.
Knowledge of Traffic Law
You will be given questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of laws and safe driving practices. Everything you need to know is covered in a manuel sold at the Department of Motor Vehicles Office. The manual can be downloaded for free from their web site at http://www.dps.state.la.us/omv/driversguide.html.
Driving Test (Road Test)
You must provide the vehicle to be used in this test. The vehicle must be in safe driving condition before you can be given the test. The vehicle must pass a safety inspection, have a valid inspection sticker, and have a current license plate and registration. You must also present proof of liability insurance on the vehicle being used for the test.