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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Brake Tags

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 be 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, you will be charged a late fee of $2.00 per month, not to 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, ask for an inspection record during the inspection.  The inspector is required to give one if asked.

Missing Tag

If there is no Orleans parish or Louisiana state tag on your vehicle, and it has been registered in Orleans Parish longer than two months, you will be charged a "no tag" fee, not to exceed the price of an annual inspection.

Once an inspection sticker has been removed from a vehicle's windshield, even in the event of a windshield replacement, the sticker is voided and the vehicle must be reinspected.

  • New windshield? You will have to pay for a new inspection, even if there is time left before the tag expires. In order to avoid paying a "no tag" fee, we suggest keeping the remnants of your old tag or taking a picture of it (front and back) before the windshield is replaced. If you weren’t able to do this, please contact us before inspection to request a vehicle inspection record.
  • Just bought a vehicle?  You will have two months from the “date acquired” on your vehicle's registration 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? Before receving an inspection, you must first register your vehicle in Orleans Parish.  You will have two months from the registration date 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.

​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. It must be posted on the lower driver's-side corner at all times during this period.

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. 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 an annual inspection.

Contact Us

Please contact the Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau via phone at (504) 658-7160 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: 11/14/2017 9:52:10 AM

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