Newcomer's Information

Automobile / Driver’s License

A Louisiana driver’s license may be obtained at any Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. The fee for a four year driver’s license is $18. If moving from out of state, bring your out-of-state license and two documents showing proof of residency. (Call for information on student applications.)

Vehicle registration is required after 30 days of residency and after a Louisiana driver’s license has been obtained. Call for exact fee. Current title, current registration, and proof of liability insurance are required.

Automobiles must be inspected annually at service stations and garages displaying large orange signs reading "Official Louisiana Motor Vehicle Inspection Station."

Louisiana State Department of Motor Vehicles
205 E. Franklin St.
Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-3202

Boat Registration

Forms to register all motorboats may be obtained from the sheriff’s offices, or the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Cost: $15 for new applications (valid for three years on all boats not previously registered in Louisiana): $5 for owner transfer; $15 reinstatement fee for any Louisiana boat with expired registration; $5 for duplicate registration certificate. All have an additional $1 charge for postage and handling.

Fishing and Hunting

Recreational licenses may be purchased at area retail stores. All basic sports fishing licenses and recreational gear licenses are valid from the date of purchase and expire on June 30 each year. In addition to other bona fide residency requirements, a Louisiana Driver’s License or ID Card issued by the Department of Public Safety is required to purchase resident recreational hunting and fishing licenses. For information on fees for residents and non-residents contact the Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent in Baton Rouge at (225) 765-2999. Online Information is available at

Emergency Services / Public Safety

DeSoto Fire District 8 covers 420 square miles, making it the largest fire protection district in Louisiana. Fire District 8 covers practically the entire parish and is assisted by DeSoto Fire District 5 and 1.

Contact Phone Numbers

Sheriff's Department
(318) 872-3956 (DeSoto Parish, Grand Cane and Mansfield)
(318) 697-4446 (Logansport)
(318) 796-2459 (Pelican)
(318) 872-3956 or 424-2433 (Stonewall)

DeSoto Fire District 8
(318) 872-4244
(318) 797-0217 (Frierson)

DeSoto Fire District 5
(318) 697-6827
(318)925-6767 (Stonewell)

DeSoto Fire District 1
(318) 697-4314
(318) 933-5456 (Keatchie)