Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV)
In Louisiana, the department of motor vehicles is known as the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, or OMV. The OMV handles all regular and commercial drivers licensing and vehicle registration. Here’s a quick guide to the Louisiana OMV.
Locating a Louisiana OMV Branch
Although many Louisiana OMV services are available online, there may be times when you’ll need to go to a branch location. To find the OMV office nearest you, visit the OMV site. In addition to office locations and contact info, you’ll also find a list of holiday hours and closures as well as lists of third party testing providers.
Booking an Appointment with the Louisiana DMV
Unfortunately, the only service that the Louisiana OMV will allow you to make an appointment for is for a Commercial Drivers License skills test. CDL tests are actually provided by third party testers; for a list of those please check the Locations page linked above.
It’s recommended that you avoid peak days and hours when planning a visit to the OMV. Mondays and Fridays are usually busiest; the best time to avoid is around the lunch hour (noon).
Louisiana OMV Forms and Online Services
Fortunately, the Louisiana OMV does offer online help to make things easier for you. First, you can download just about all of the forms you may need to bring with you. In addition, you can renew both your vehicle registration and your drivers license online, again by simply visiting the OMV site. Other services available online include personalized and special edition license plates, duplicate vehicle registration, and planned non-use certifications.
Your Louisiana OMV Driving Record
Louisiana offers drivers the opportunity to obtain a copy of their driving record by ordering it online. Although the state does not utilize a point system, it is a good idea to periodically check your driving record to make sure that there are no outstanding or incorrect fines. You can order your driving record on the OMV homepage.