Phone: (225) 925-6146



With the issuance of registrations for 2011, Louisiana will stagger the expiration of apportioned license plates throughout the year for existing accounts. New accounts opened in 2011 forward will expire 12 months from the month the account is opened.

Renewal packets are mailed out 60 days prior to expiration.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides in-depth information about the physical requirements for commercial drivers.

CDL and CLP customers can confirm their medical status here 

It may take up to 10 business days from the date the medical is submitted for the information to be reflected in this database.

There are 3 basic classes of CDL:

  1. Combination vehicles (Class A) – Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000. NOTE: If the vehicle being towed has a GVWR of 10,001 lbs. or more, Class A is required. However, you will be required to test in a combination that has a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more.
  2. Heavy Straight vehicles (Class B) – Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more OR any such vehicle towing a trailer/vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  3. Small vehicles (Class C) - Any single vehicle or combination of vehicles (that meets neither the definition of Class A or Class B) but that is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver OR is used in the transportation of hazardous materials in amounts required to be placarded.

For more information, see Section I, Policy 1.00 Classes of License and Age Requirements.

A $15 delinquent fee assessed on any license expired for more than 10 days. If you let your license expire, you are subject to a traffic citation. Citations issued for Driving without Valid CDL Privileges is considered a serious offense and mandates a disqualification of your CDL privileges as well as reinstatement fees.

You can send it by email, fax, or regular mail:

Email -

Fax - 225-925-3901

Mail -

Office of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA 70896.

  1. Your valid out-of-state photo CDL or a letter of clearance or a copy of your official driving record.
  2. In addition to number 1, you must meet the ID requirements (Section I, Policy 6.00). Original documents only. Photocopies not accepted.
  3. Provide proof of social security number (card or letter from SSA).
  4. Submit a copy of your completed medical examiner’s certificate.
  5. Proof of insurance on any personal vehicles you have registered in Louisiana.
  6. Proof of Residency
  7. If you have and wish to retain your Hazardous Materials endorsement (X or H), you will be required to successfully complete the written test.
  8. You will be required to submit to a vision exam at the OMV office.

Appropriate fee. (Section I, Policy 2.00 Fees and Duration of License)

Schedule an appointment at a CDL issuing office and arrive with your medical card, proof of insurance on your personal vehicles, proof of residency, and cash, credit card/debit card, or money order. Cost of duplicate - $5.00 plus any applicable parish fee not to exceed $6.

The costs may vary slightly.

  • A CDL physical is required (fee set by the medical examiner).
  • Third Party Skills test is $100 (if you provide the vehicle). NOTE: Cost for rental of a vehicle, discretion of the Tester/Examiner.
  • License fee - $61.50 ($76.50 if you reside in Orleans Parish) + $15.00 application fee.
  • Additional endorsements - $7.50 each, except for motorcycle which is $12.00.
  • Applicable parish fee - not to exceed $6.00.

A: You may call 225-925-6146 or you may contact us via the online form at

US Department of Transportation: 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

Hazardous Materials:

Louisiana Department of Transportation:


A complete list of OMV offices and Public Tag Agents can be found at