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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Motor Vehicle Inspection

Welcome to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau, a division of the Department of Safety and Permits.

All vehicles registered in Orleans parish must be inspected annually and must have an inspection sticker, also locally known as a “brake tag”.


Inspection prices are based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is listed on the inside door panel on the driver's side of the vehicle.

  • Vehicles less than 6,001 lbs. GVWR - $25
  • Vehicles 6,001 through 10,000 lbs. GVWR - $30
  • Vehicles greater than 10,000 lbs. GVWR - $40* 

Two-Year Tag: If your vehicle has a gross weight rating of less than 6,001 lbs. and is less than 10-years old, it is eligible for a 2-year inspection for $50. If you’ve already purchased a one-year inspection, you will not able to pay the difference for a two-year brake tag.

* Vehicles greater than 10,000 lbs GVWR may only be inspected at a heavy vehicle inspection station. See a list of locations.

Late Fees

Brake tags expire in the year shown on the front of the tag and on the last day of the month punched out.  If your tag is expired, or you don’t have a tag, you will be charged a late fee of $2.00 per month.  Late fees cannot exceed the price of an annual inspection.


There are no refunds or exchanges for inspections. The fee is for the inspection of the vehicle, not for the brake tag. The tag only certifies that the vehicle has been inspected.


Your brake tag is proof that the vehicle has been inspected and acts as a receipt.  If you need a paper receipt, you can ask the inspector to give you a vehicle inspection record.

If you are concerned about being overcharged, ask the inspector for a record of inspection.  This record must be given to you if you ask for one.

Missing Tags

  • Just bought a vehicle?  You will have two months from the “date acquired” to get it inspected before having to pay late fees.  Please keep in mind that you can have your vehicle inspected with a temporary license plate.  Just bring the temporary registration or bill of sale, along with proof of insurance and your valid driver’s license.
  • Moved from another state? You will have two months from the date of registration to get your vehicle inspected before having to pay late fees.
  • Moved from another parish?  You will not have to pay any late fees until the Louisiana State tag expires.  Before it expires, you will need to get an Orleans parish tag.
  • New windshield? If your windshield is replaced, you will have to pay for a new inspection, even if there is time left before the tag expires. You may not have to pay late fees if you can provide proof of the previous inspection.  We suggest keeping the remnants of your old tag and taking a picture of it before replacing the windshield. If you weren’t able to do this, please contact us before inspection to request a vehicle inspection record.

​Failed Inspections

If your vehicle fails inspection, the station will issue you a 30-day temporary brake tag, along with reasons failure. This temporary tag is proof that the vehicle has been inspected and is considered legal and valid.

After receiving the temporary tag, you will have 30 days to fix the issue(s) and return to the same satellite station to receive a free re-inspection. There is no extension beyond the 30 days.  If you return within 30 days, you will not be charged any extra fees.  Please bring the temporary tag with you when you return.  Make sure it is on the windshield where the sticker would normally be!

If you return after 30 days, you will have to pay for a new inspection, plus a late fee of $2 per month, not to exceed the price of a one-year inspection.

Contact Us

Please contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau via phone at (504) 658-7170 or email with questions, concerns, or complaints. If contacting us about an inspection, please give us your brake tag serial number, along with the date and location of inspection.

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Last updated: 5/2/2017 8:54:26 AM

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