In 1924, the City of New Orleans became the first city in the country to require an annual brake test. Originally, a metal tag was added to the front grill of the vehicle to indicate the brakes were functioning. Over the years, windshield stickers replaced metal tags and other parts of the vehicle were required to be inspected. Despite these changes, the name “brake tag” has always been used in and around the city of New Orleans in place of “inspection sticker”.
Inspections standards and requirements are determined by the regulations set forth in Chapter 154 in the New Orleans code of ordinances. A full copy of this code can be found via Municode, or can be downloaded here.
Beginning in 2016, a new inspection sticker design was implemented. These stickers are uniform in color and have a circular design, with the year of expiration printed in the center and month of expiration on the edge. The sticker is valid until the last day of the month punched.
Please note that if a sticker is damaged or removed, it is no longer valid and the driver must pay for a new inspection. Inspection stickers can not be transferred to a new vehicle or windshield and are designed to disintegrate when removed.
Please contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau via phone at (504) 658-7160 or email email@example.com with questions, concerns, complaints or if you have a business and interested in applying to become an inspection station.