This page will answer the most common questions we receive about motorcycle laws and licensing requirements in Louisiana.
Continue reading to find your answer and follow links to explore some of these topics in greater depth.
Motorcycle Helmet Law in Louisiana
Motorcycle helmets are required for all riders.
Additionally, eye protection like a face shield or goggles is also required unless the motorcycle has a windshield.
A motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment. Wearing one can greatly reduce your chances of being seriously injured or killed if you are involved in a motorcycle crash.
Read more about motorcycle helmet laws and safety.
Louisiana Motorcycle Noise Restrictions & Exhaust Requirements
A proper muffler is required.
Noise restrictions may be enforced by local law enforcement or during periodic inspections.
Local jurisdictions may have their own ordinances regarding motorcycle noise limits.
Motorcycle Safety Inspections and Equipment Requirements
Period safety and equipment inspections for motorcycles in Louisiana are performed during each registration period.
Some of the equipment requirements for Louisiana motorcycles include:
- Rearview mirror on the left side.
- Handlebar grips no higher than rider’s shoulders.
- Turn signals.
Motorcycle Passenger Laws in Louisiana
In Louisiana, you cannot have passenger under 5 years old on a motorcycle.
Whenever you ride with a passenger:
- Be sure to give them instructions on what they’ll need to do.
- Make sure they can comfortably reach the passenger handholds and footrests.
- Make sure that they are wearing all of the necessary motorcycle safety equipment.
Learn more about riding with passengers on your motorcycle.
Requirements for Daytime Running Lights for Motorcycles in Louisiana
Using daytime headlights is not required for motorcycles in Louisiana.
Using headlights during the day can help to increase your visibility to other drivers.
This is a smart thing to do regardless of whether the law requires it.
Louisiana Lane Splitting Laws
Lane splitting is illegal in Louisiana.
There are some nuances to lane splitting, lane filtering, and lane sharing.
Learn more about lane splitting.
Motorcycle Title Laws & VIN Verifications
The state of Louisiana issues titles to all motorcycles.
Learn more about motorcycle registration and title requirements in Louisiana.
Find some helpful tips for when you buy a motorcycle.
Minimum Motorcycle Insurance Coverage in Louisiana
Motorcycle insurance is required in Louisiana, the minimum coverage limits are:
- $10,000 bodily injury coverage per person.
- $20,000 bodily injury coverage per accident.
- $10,000 property damage coverage per accident.
Remember, the minimum liability requirements kick in during the event of a collision with another vehicle. If you need more coverage for things like theft, single vehicle collisions, and other types of damage you’ll need to get a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage as well.
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Motorcycle Safety Course Requirements & Details
An approved motorcycle safety course is not required to get a motorcycle license in Louisiana.
Completing the course will waive the requirements for the skills test and written exam.
A motorcycle safety course is a great way to get familiar with the basics of riding, learn about the most important motorcycle laws, and become a safer, smarter rider. No riding experience is necessary to complete a course.
Learn more about motorcycle safety courses and Basic Rider Training programs.
Is a Driver’s License Required to get a Motorcycle Endorsement in Louisiana?
Before you get a Louisiana motorcycle license, you will need to already have a standard driver’s license.
Motorcycle Permit & Licensing Requirements in Louisiana
A motorcycle instruction permit is not required before getting a full motorcycle license.
Louisiana Motorcycle License Age Requirements
The minimum age to begin the Louisiana motorcycle licensing process is 16 years old.