Title 32. Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation

Chapter 2. Driver’s License Law

 

32:402.1        Driver education; required

 

A. No application for a license for the operation of a motor vehicle shall be received from any person making application for the first time unless there is also submitted with the application, on a form approved by the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, written evidence of the successful completion by the applicant of one of the following: 

 

(1)(a) A “driver education course” for any person under the age of eighteen, which shall consist of not less than eight hours of actual driving instruction and thirty hours of classroom instruction. A person shall not be allowed to receive more than four hours of actual driving instruction on any single calendar day. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall establish rules and regulations to administer and define the requirements of the course. The rules and regulations established by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall provide for instruction relative to trailer safety and to the economic effects of littering. Oversight review of these rules shall be conducted by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways and public works in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. 

 

(b) Upon completion of the required supervised driving practice pursuant to R.S. 32:405.1 and 407, a properly licensed and contracted third-party tester may administer the on-road driving skills test to the student. Upon successful completion, such third-party tester shall provide the student with a department approved certificate of successful completion in a sealed envelope to be delivered to the department. 

 

(2) A “prelicensing training course” from any person eighteen years or older if a driver education course is not completed. The prelicensing training course shall consist of a minimum of six hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of eight hours of actual driving instruction. A person shall not be allowed to receive more than four hours of actual driving instruction on any single calendar day. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall establish rules and regulations to administer and define the requirements of the course. Oversight review of these rules shall be conducted by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways and public works in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The rules shall provide for: 

 

(a) Licensing or contractual requirements for third-party training schools and high school instructors. 

 

(b) Course content and presentation, including content relative to trailer safety and to the economic effects of littering. 

 

(c) Instructor qualifications and certification. 

 

(d) Classroom size and facilities. 

 

(e) Certificates of completion. 

 

(f) Required records and reporting. 

 

(g) Penalties for noncompliance of the mandatory instructional and driving requirements and penalties for the falsification of documents and certificates. 

 

(3)(a), (b) Repealed by Acts 2011, No. 294, § 6. 

 

(c) The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall establish the portion of the “driver education course” or “prelicensing training course” relative to the economic effects of littering in conjunction with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. 

 

B, C. Repealed by Acts 2011, No. 294, § 6. 

 

D. No person under the age of fifteen shall be allowed to enroll or participate in the driving experience portion of any driver education course or driver training program. A person, no sooner than ninety days prior to his fifteenth birthday and who is in, at a minimum, grade eight, shall be permitted to participate in the classroom instruction component of a driver education course or driving program. 

 

E. (1) Any person who is at least of age to participate in the classroom instruction portion of a driver education course, driver training program, or a prelicensing training course shall apply to the department for a Class “E” temporary instructional permit prior to enrolling in any driver education course, driver training program, or prelicensing training course. The application for a Class “E” temporary instructional permit shall be in accordance with R.S. 32:409.1 and 410. The fee for a Class “E” temporary instructional permit shall be the same as the fee for a Class “E” driver’s license. 

 

(2) A person shall be required to possess a Class “E” temporary instructional permit in order to enroll in any driver education course, driver training program, or prelicensing training course. 

 

(3) A person with a Class “E” temporary instructional permit required by this Subsection is permitted to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways and streets of this state only when the permit holder is accompanied by an instructor of driver education and traffic safety, and while actually operating a motor vehicle during the behind-the-wheel instruction or during the administration of the skills test. 

 

(4) The holder of a Class “E” temporary instructional permit required by this Subsection shall be in possession of the permit during the period of its validity and such permit shall be presented for examination when so requested by any law enforcement officer or representative of the department. 

 

(5) Upon successful completion of a driver education course, driver training program, or prelicensing training course and the knowledge test, a person shall surrender a Class “E” temporary instructional permit issued pursuant to this Subsection to the department and apply for the issuance of an age-appropriate learner’s license. The department shall not charge a fee for a learner’s license issued in connection with the surrender of a Class “E” temporary instructional permit. 

 

(6) The Class “E” temporary instructional permit issued pursuant to this Subsection shall not be required for any person to enroll in a driver education course, driver training program, or prelicensing course administered in conjunction with a National Guard Youth Challenge Program. A person enrolled in a driver education course, driver training program, or prelicensing course administered in conjunction with a National Guard Youth Challenge Program may operate a motor vehicle on the public highways of this state without a Class “E” temporary instructional permit provided that such person is accompanied by an instructor of driver education and safety. 

 

Added by Acts 1968, No. 273, § 7. Amended by Acts 1992, No. 246, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1992, No. 382, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1992, No. 1009, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 225, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1997, No. 725, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1998; Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 80, § 2; Acts 2003, No. 312, § 2; Acts 2004, No. 216, § 2; Acts 2004, No. 439, § 1; Acts 2008, No. 768, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, No. 275, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2010; Acts 2010, No. 227, § 1; Acts 2011, No. 294, § 2; Acts 2011, No. 307, § 1; Acts 2011, No. 317, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2012; Acts 2012, No. 475, § 1; Acts 2015, No. 369, § 1; Acts 2016, No. 317, § 1; Acts 2016, No. 336, § 1.