How to Renew Your Louisiana Driver’s License

How to Renew Your Louisiana Driver’s License

by Zutobi · Updated Feb 02, 2021

Renewing your driver’s license in Louisiana is a fairly straight forward event. Here is our quick and easy guide to making the renewal process as stress-free as possible.

How Often Do I Need to Renew My Louisiana Driver’s License?

Your driver’s license will expire six years from your nearest birthday. You can renew it within 180 days of the expiration date. You have a 10 day grace period after your expiration date before it is legally expired. If you renew after the ten-day grace period, there will be a $15 late fee on top of any regular fees.

Where Can I Renew My Driver’s License?

If you are under the age of 70, you may be invited to renew your Louisiana driver’s license by mail or internet. You won’t be invited to do so two times in a row. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation and application instructions in the mail roughly 100 days before your license expires.

If you are renewing in person or upgrading to a REAL-ID, you can visit any Louisiana OMV Field Office location to do so.

During Covid-19, Louisiana offices allow you to apply for driver’s license renewal by:

What Documents Do I Need to Renew My License?

You will need to bring your current Louisiana license to turn in, proof of id, and proof of social security number. Common documents are your original birth certificate and your social security card. You can find a full document list here.

If you are applying for a REAL ID, you will need one primary document and two secondary documents. You are also required to renew in person.

What is the Difference Between a Standard and a REAL ID?

Starting Oct 26, 2021, you will be required to have a REAL-ID to board planes, enter government buildings, or enter military establishments.

If you renew for a standard id, it will be printed with the words “Not for Federal Identification” on it. You will need to carry extra proof of identification to enter the areas listed above.


How to Renew a Louisiana Driver’s License

Renewing Your License In Person

  1. Check to see if your location allows for appointments. This will significantly reduce wait times. During Covid-19, offices heavily encourage everyone capable of renewing online or by mail to do so.
  2. Next, gather your paperwork. Everything MUST be an original document. No photocopies. If you own a vehicle, you must also bring proof of registration and insurance.
  3. When you arrive at the OMV office, you will provide your documents and the appropriate fees. You will also need to pass a vision test. 

License Renewal By Mail

Follow the instructions provided in your invitation. You can contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles at (225) 925-6146.

Renewing Your License Online

Gather your identification, such as your social security number. Then follow the prompts listed on Expresslane.org or the LA Wallet App. If your license is suspended or revoked, you will not be able to renew online.

What if My License is Suspended or Revoked?

You can NOT renew your Louisiana driver’s license while it is suspended or revoked. You will have to wait until it ends, then have your license reinstated before you can renew it. You can check the status of your license here.

Louisiana Driver’s License Renewal Fees

Here is the range you can expect to pay for your renewal fees.

Class D (Chauffeurs)

Standard: $54.75 – $60.75

Orleans Rate: $66.00 – $72.00

If you are over 70: $34.13 – $40.13

If you are over 70 in New Orleans: $39.75 – $45.75


Add $12 for MC endorsement
Add a $15 late fee if expired over 10 days

Class E (Personal)

Standard Rate: $32.25 – $38.25
If you are over age 70: $18.75 – $24.75

Add a $15 late fee if the license is expired over 10 days

You can find the breakdown of fees, rates, and service fees here.

Want to find out more helpful information to be a safe and responsible driver? Refresh your knowledge of the latest laws and safe driving practices with our summarized Louisiana Driver’s Manual. You’ll find great information, test your mastery, and find more information about your license in our blog archive.

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