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Barksdale AFB Getting To and Around Driving and Commuting

 

Shreveport-Bossier City is traversed by three interstate highways and several U.S. highways and state routes.

Interstate 220 and Louisiana Highway 3132 form a semi-loop around downtown, with the interstate on the north side and Louisiana Highway 3132 in the southern portion. This loop is bisected by I-20, which runs east to west. I-49 connects to I-20 in the middle of the Shreveport-Bossier City region, traveling southward and crossing Louisiana Highway 3132. Louisiana Highway 71 forms the northern line of the Shreveport-Bossier City roadway cross-hair, connecting interstates 220 and 20.

Louisiana Public Safety Services Office of Motor Vehicles

3802 Kilpatrick Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71112
318-741-7113
www.expresslane.org 

This office issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services.

Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in Louisiana from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all Louisiana residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 30 days.

All applicants must pass a vision test, but no other testing is required unless the current out-of-state license is expired by one year or more. You will be issued a Louisiana license that is the equivalent of the one you surrender.

You must appear in person to apply for a license. Be sure to bring your current, valid, out-of-state license or official driving record; Social Security card; proof of insurance, and primary and secondary support documentation.

The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its driver’s handbook, http://dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov/DPSForms.nsf/DriverGuides.

Distracted Driving

The state of Louisiana does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. However, drivers with a learner’s permit or intermediate license must use a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle.

Texting while driving is prohibited in Louisiana for all drivers and is punishable by a fine.

Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

www.dotd.la.gov   

Visit the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development’s website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, the status of bridge and ferry crossings, and to view transmissions from live traffic cameras.

 

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