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
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.
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
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.