Louisiana DPS – Motor Vehicle Department
If you are a new arrival to Louisiana or you have lived here all your life, sooner or later you will probably need to become acquainted with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). The DPS’s OMV provides many of the services that you would find at other states’ DMVs. Below we will look at what these services are, which ones can be completed online, and which may require a visit to a Louisiana DPS office or other government branch in person
Louisiana DPS Driving Records
If you need a copy of your Louisiana driving record, you can find it online through the Louisiana Expresslane website. Your driving record will include a list of past driving offenses, the status of your driving privileges and restrictions, and a list of any accidents you have been involved in. If you have a Louisiana commercial driver’s license (CDL), then the record will also include a list of your CDL driving privileges. The cost of obtaining your driving record online is $16 plus a $2 electronic commerce fee, which can be paid for by credit or debit. You will need to have a printer on hand to print out your record
Alternatively, if you need your driving record for non-official purposes (such as out of personal curiosity), you can trying using a third-party database, like SearchQuarry.com, to find your unofficial driving record.
Louisiana DPS Driver’s License
The Louisiana DPS has an online service that allows you to check the status of your driver’s license. Knowing the status of your license is important since having any restrictions on your license may prevent you from renewing it or from registering a vehicle. To find out your license status you will need to have your driver’s license number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number
You can also renew your Louisiana driver’s license online. To do so, you will need to have your current license with you as well as a credit card to pay the appropriate fees. Keep in mind that if your current address is different from the address displayed on your license then you cannot renew your license online. Likewise, licenses renewed online are not Real ID compliant and cannot be used for federal identification. For a Real ID license you will need to visit the motor vehicle office in person.
Louisiana Driving Test
If you are applying for your first Class E or D license then you will need to pass a road skills test. The road skills test is administered directly by your local Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, OMV location or by an authorized third-party. You can find a list of E and D third-party road testers by clicking here. Unfortunately, availability and even costs for road tests vary widely depending on location and there is no online scheduling form. Instead, you will need to contact your local OMV office directly or one of the authorized third-party testers.
Louisiana Vehicle Registration
Renewing your vehicle registration online in Louisiana is easy and straightforward. To do so you will need to have on you either your current vehicle registration or your registration renewal notice. You will also need a valid credit card to pay the fee. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express cards are all accepted.
The process consists of entering your vehicle’s information, confirming that the record is accurate, verifying your address, and then paying the fee. Be sure to have a printer on hand too so that you can print out the receipt.
Louisiana Traffic Citations
How you pay your Louisiana traffic citation depends on who issued the citation. If you were pulled over by a state trooper, such as for speeding, then you will need to pay your fine through the sheriff’s office of the parish where your citation was issued.
For municipal traffic citations, such as parking tickets, you will need to pay your fine through the municipality where the offense occurred. Many cities now allow you to pay your tickets online, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. However, keep in mind that if your citation requires a court appearance then you will not be able to pay for it online. Instead, you will still need to show up at court. Check your citation for more information.
Louisiana Vehicle Title Transfer
If you have recently sold, donated, or transferred your vehicle to another person, you can send a notice of vehicle transfer to your local Louisiana Office. of Motor Vehicles (OMV). This notice can be completed online. You will need the vehicle license plate number, registration expiry date, vehicle identification number (VIN), driver’s license number, the name and address of the buyer, when the vehicle was transferred to the buyer, and the vehicle selling price (unless it was donated or transferred for free). Keep in mind that completing this notice only alerts your local OMV that the vehicle in question has been disposed of. The new owner will still need to make an application for a new title in order for the vehicle transfer to be complete