Section:I Issuance of Driver's LicenseEffective: 05/01/1986
Number:12.00Revised: 07/19/2018

To view Louisiana Statutes:

R.S. 32:408

The road skills test is the examination of the driver’s ability to safely operate and maneuver a vehicle in traffic. The road skills test may be administered by Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV) personnel or a contracted third party tester (TPT).

  • The applicant must successfully complete the road skills test before initial issuance of a Class D or E driver’s license. This includes first-time applicants and applicants with learner permits.
  • The applicant must furnish the vehicle for the road skills test if it is administered by the OMV.
  • The vehicle must be currently licensed, inspected and insured.
  • The vehicle must pass a safety inspection by the motor vehicle examiner.
  • Third party testers may provide vehicles for administration of the road skills test. Rental fees may apply.
  • NOTE: View the website for a list of contracted third party test providers.

  • The average skills test should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Each office shall have set routes for the administration of the skills test.
  • Each road test shall be scored on the following behaviors and maneuvers.

Starting/Backing Out2 Lane ChangesSlow SignsLane Usage
Straight In Parking2 Traffic SignalsSpeedingAttention/Distraction
3 Left Turns2 IntersectionsRailroad Crossings(not required)Time
3 Right Turns2 Stop SignsYield Right of WayFollowing
The Road Skills test will not be administered by the OMV if
  • The vehicle does not pass the safety inspection. This does not disqualify the applicant as he may use another vehicle.
  • The area is experiencing inclement weather or unsafe driving conditions.
  • The heat index is above 100 degrees and the vehicle is not equipped with an operable air conditioner.

The following conditions or actions may disqualify the applicant OR cause the skills test to be discontinue
  • Various or Repeated Minor Mistakes
    • Each applicant starts with 100 points. Each unsatisfactory maneuver is marked and deducted from the 100 points. The applicant must receive 80 points or better to pass.
    • If the applicant fails the road skills test, he may not return until the waiting period prescribed by the examiner has expired. Depending on the cause for disqualification/failure, this may vary from one to thirty days.
    • If an applicant fails due to inexperience, the examiner may recommend a learner's permit. The learner's permit is the only legal means by which the applicant may practice and improve his performance.
  • Clear Violation of A Traffic Law
    • Speeding 5 miles over the speed limit
    • Not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign
    • Running a red light
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Not yielding to an emergency vehicle
  • Dangerous Action or Unsafe Behavior
    • If an accident is prevented only by defensive driving on the part of another motorist or dodging by a pedestrian.
    • If the examiner aids in controlling the vehicle by taking hold of the wheel or applying the brakes in a dual brake vehicle OR, in the interest of safety, drives the vehicle back.
    • If the driver commits any act or omission that creates a dangerous or unsafe traffic environment.
  • Accident
    • Contact with another vehicle
    • Contact with a pedestrian
    • Any bumper contact with fixed objects, including running off the roadway into shrubbery or lawns.
  • Lack of Cooperation or Refusal to Perform
  • Offering a bribe or gratuity

  • All CDL skills tests are administered through contracted third party testers.

MILITARY CDL (Commercial Driver's License) SKILLS TEST WAIVER
  • The CDL skills test may be waived for a CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) driver with military CMV experience.
  • The applicant must meet the requirements as specified on the Application For Military Skills Test Waiver (DPSMV2280).
  • The applicant will be waived from performing the CDL skills test only. Normal licensing requirements must be met.

  • A motorcycle helmet is required for the skills test.
  • Maneuvers and factors to be observed on the skills test are: Start Up, Posture, Shifting, and Turns.

Exemption of the skills tests may be allowed in the following conditions only
  • Effective March 1, 2014, an operator's skills test shall not be required for an applicant who has successfully completed a course provided by the following entity:
    • Taboo Harley-Davidson (Renegade Harley-Davidson) (Alexandria, LA)
    • Hammond Harley-Davidson (Hammond, LA)
    • Cajun Harley-Davidson (Lafayette, LA)
    • New Orleans Harley-Davidson (New Orleans, LA)
    • 720 Motorsports, LLC - (NOLA Riding Academy) Cut Off, LA
  • Certificates of successful completion from the above mentioned course provider must be provided at the time of application to the Office of Motor Vehicles. The certificate must be presented in a sealed (un-tampered) envelope. The envelope must clearly indicate the name and address of the issuing entity.
  • The original course completion certificate shall be returned to the applicant upon verification.

Exemption of the skills and/or knowledge tests may be allowed in the following conditions only
  • An operator’s skills test shall not be required for an applicant who successfully completed the Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operators Training Program prior to October 28, 2011.
  • Effective October 28, 2011, an operator's skill test or written test shall not be required for an applicant who has successfully completed the Department of Public Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operators Training Program.
  • Participation in the course is voluntary.
  • An applicant must provide the original certificate of completion to the Office of Motor Vehicles.
  • The course schedule may be found at

Skills Test Waiver form  revised July '14.pdfSkills Test Waiver form revised July '14.pdf
Section I #11.00 Vehicle Inspection Prior to Road Skills Test