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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Inspection Process

All vehicles registered in Orleans Parish must have a City of New Orleans brake tag. This includes motorcycles, scooters, RVs, and trailers.  For more information, please refer to our eligibility requirements external link.

All vehicle inspectors are officially certified with the City of New Orleans as a registered motor vehicle inspector.

What to bring to your inspection

All motorists should have the following ready upon inspection:

  1. Current vehicle registration. Temporary registration is allowed. Must not be expired.
  2. Current proof of vehicle insurance. Must not be expired.
  3. Current and valid driver's license, with the proper endorsements or class for that vehicle (IE motorcycle, bus, CDL, etc.)
  4. Inspection fee, plus any delinquent fees

What to expect during the inspection

The inspector is not allowed to give the results of the inspection until after the inspection is completely finished and the inspector is ready to place the new certificate.

  • When you arrive, please have all documents ready to show.  The inspector will check them, take payment, remove the old tag, and start inspection.
  • You will be asked to operate turn signals, windshield wipers, horn, and all required lights.  See a full list of what's inspected on each vehicle.
  • The inspector will use a meter to check tinted windows, making sure the tint is within legal limits.
  • The inspector is required to enter and take control of the vehicle to perform a brake test and check internal safety features (seat belt, parking brake, seat adjustment mechanism).
  • You will be asked to sign an inspection log, stating that you have liability insurance, as required by law.
  • If there are animals in the vehicle, the inspector will ask you to remove them before entering your vehicle.  This includes service animals as well as pets.

Inspection Rules

  • Please pay attention and allow the inspector to perform a full and proper inspection. 
  • Please do not use your cell phone.
  • Please turn off your radio.

After inspection, the inspector will attach a brake tag to the driver’s-side lower corner of the vehicle’s windshield.  This could be either a 30-day temporary tag if the vehicle fails or an annual tag (or bi-annual, if paid for).  The inspector is only allowed to punch out the current month on the tag.  The inspector will write the license plate number or last six digits of the VIN number on the back of the tag, facing the driver.

Can someone else bring my vehicle in for inspection?

Yes. Anyone can have a vehicle inspected, as long as the person bringing in the vehicle has a current and valid driver’s license and all the required documents.

Inspections during the rain

Inspections are allowed during the rain, as long as it is safe to do so and the inspection can be done properly.  The station will make this decision. Please note that stations will stop inspections without notice, depending on the weather. Please call the station for more information.

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Last updated: 5/2/2017 8:48:19 AM

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