Transferring a CDL to Louisiana from another state can be easily done if you follow the rules and regulations established by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Once you have moved to Louisiana you have 30 days to be issued a standard Louisiana driver’s license; however, once you have done this you will need to take the necessary steps to transfer your out of state CDL to Louisiana. This article contains information that is accurate as of 2010; however, always contact the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles to ensure you have the proper documentation to transfer your CDL license.
Steps to Transfer an Out-of-State CDL to Louisiana:
The first step is to apply for a standard Louisiana driver’s license. As stated above, you have 30 days after making Louisiana your resident state to apply for a driver’s license. Visit your local Office of Motor Vehicles to apply for this license. A list of all local office of Motor Vehicles can be found in the resources section below.
To apply for a Louisiana driver’s license you will need the following: out-of-state driver’s license, proof of insurance and a social security card. If you have a valid driver’s license you will only be required to take a vision test; however, if your license has been expired for one year or longer you will be required to take a written test and if your license is expired for longer than two years you will be required to take a written and driving test. As of 2010, the standard Louisiana driver’s license fee is $24.50; however, a local parish fee may be applied, which will not be more than $3.00.
Once you have obtained your Louisiana driver’s license, you will then need to bring your out-of-state CDL, or a letter of clearance, a social security card as well as the long form CDL physical report. This report must be signed by a licensed physician.
If you must have a Hazardous Materials endorsement, you will have to take a written test; however, all CDL transfer applicants are required to undergo a vision test, which will be performed at the local Office of Motor Vehicles office. Once you have provided all of the aforementioned information to the Office of Motor Vehicles, you will then be required to pay the required fee. As of 2010, a four year Louisiana CDL is $59; however, if you live in New Orleans, you must pay a $69 CDL fee. Both fees are good for four-years.
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