The very youngest drivers in Louisiana facing change in procedure

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has begun a new procedure for youngsters seeking a driver’s license. Before enrolling for a driver’s education course, they must apply for a temporary instruction permit (TIP) at a local DMC office.

Previously, the TIP could be obtained through the driving school. OMV officials said the change is designed to keep sensitive personal information more secure in one location. It will also be there when young drivers seek a learner’s permit.

Applicants age 15 and 16 have to participate in the graduated licensing program and have to start with a learner’s permit. Those who are 17 are eligible for either a learner’s permit or a full license once they meet the requirements.