Weights and Standards
Captain Ronnie Borer
P. O. Box 66614, Mail Slip A-26
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
7919 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: (225) 925-6113 ext. 205
The Department of Public Safety, Weights and Standards Unit is a uniformed commissioned POST certified position and serves as a Louisiana State Police representative given state wide authority to enforce the criminal and traffic laws of the state, make arrests, and perform other related duties imposed upon them by the legislature as peace officers. The Weights and Standards Unit was legislatively mandated by Act 1186 in the 1997 Legislature to direct, coordinate, and control the activities of the Weights and Standards Mobile Police force thereby transferring the Portable Weights Units from the Department of Transportation and Development to the Louisiana State Police, thus being brought under the title of DPS Police. The Weights and Standards authority is derived from the Louisiana Revised Statute 40:1379.8 The Weights and Standards Section is located within the Transportation and Environmental Safety Section (TESS) of the Patrol Division.
The primary function of the Weights and Standards police force is the protection of the motoring public and the highway infrastructures of the state of Louisiana. This is accomplished by ensuring that commercial vehicle traffic is in compliance of with statutory provisions of laws regulating weight, size, and registration. The Weights and Standards police force has received additional training in Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and the federal hazardous material regulations. The Weights and Standards section is currently comprised of 25 commissioned DPS Officers. These officers are divided into three regional units across the State.
Region 1 is located in Baton Rouge, LA. Territorial boundaries include all areas of Troops A, B, and L. Region 1 covers the major metropolitan areas of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, along with the suburban and rural parishes of Southeastern LA. Of the three regions, Region 1 encompasses the greater population within its borders. Telephone number (225) 925-6113.
Region 2 is located in Lafayette, LA. Its territory covers the Acadiana Parishes, and stretches westward from the Atchafalaya Basin to the Louisiana/Texas state line. Major cities include Lafayette, Houma, and Lake Charles. Territorial boundaries include all areas of Troops C, D, and I. Telephone number (337) 262-2022.
Region 3 is located in Alexandria, LA. By far, Region 3 covers the largest geographical area. Its territorial borders stretch from Mississippi to Texas with its Northern border being Arkansas. Troops E, F, and G. are included in this area. Telephone number (318) 487-5153.
Contact the Louisiana State Civil Service at http://www.civilservice.la.gov/index.asp
- Must have attained eighteenth birthday at time of appointment.
- Must possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license at time of appointment.
- An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.
- The successful applicant will be required to attend and pass a Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification school.
- Must pass a thorough physical examination.
- Must pass a minimum of 8 weeks with a Field Training Officer (FTO)
Motor Vehicle Inspection
The Department of Public Safety, Motor Vehicle Inspection Police Officer is a uniformed commissioned POST certified position and serve as a Louisiana State Police representative given state wide authority to enforce the criminal and traffic laws of the state, apprehend criminals, make arrests, and perform other related duties imposed upon them by the legislature as peace officers. It was originally created as the Safety Enforcement Unit in 1978. Officers of this section of the office of Louisiana State Police have since been brought under the title of DPS Police. MVI authority is derived from the Louisiana Revised Statutes R.S. 32:1301 – 1312. The MVI section works under the Office of State Police within the Transportation and Environmental Safety section of the Patrol Division.
The MVI section is currently tasked with the inspection of Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations, Window Tint Waivers (Medical & Security), and performing Motor Carrier Safety Inspections. MVI section currently has 13 administrative and officer positions state wide. Ten officers across the state conduct required audits on 2135 MVI stations.
Motor Vehicle Inspection Program
There are four categories of stations across the state; Public, Dealer, Fleet, and Government. The rules which govern these stations are found under the Louisiana Administrative Code Title 55, Part III. Any new stations must have a physical inspection prior to licensing. All licensed stations are renewed each calendar year and inspected annually.
Of the 2135 MVI stations, 186 are in the non-attainment (DEQ) area. These stations are located in the non-attainment area consisting of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Iberville, and Ascension Parishes. Stations in this area are required to be audited three times per year and require the presence of a DEQ representative at least three times per month as required by contractual agreement between DEQ and the department. Additionally, MVI officers in this area conduct 1100 bi-annual roadside audits consisting of gas cap & OBDII testing. The department must submit a monthly and quarterly report to DEQ.
Once a business has been approved by the department to submit application to become a MVI station, they may send individuals for training to become motor vehicle inspectors. Listed below are the three State approved schools allowed to conduct the training of MVI inspectors.
LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (WEST BATON ROUGE)
3233 Rosedale Road
Port Allen, LA 70767
225-342-1337 or Fax 225-342-5120
Carroll Davis-CONTACT PERSON
LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (WINNFIELD)
HUEY P. LONG CAMPUS
5960 Hwy 167 North
Winnfield, LA 71483
Danny Keyes-CONTACT PERSON
LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (THIBODAUX)
1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Pat Baker-CONTACT PERSON
Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations
Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements
Motor Vehicle Inspection Manual - (Scroll and click on the Title 55 section then scroll to the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections section located under Part III Chapter 8, Subchapters A, B, C, D, and E located on pgs. 151- 178)
Motor Vehicle Inspection Law
Motor Vehicle Inspection Weekly Report
Record of Annual Commercial Inspection
LRS 32:361.1 Limitations on Window Tint
Medical Window Tint Exemption
LRS 32:361.2 Medical Exemption
Prerequisites: Valid medical needs for added protection from the sun, allergies, and/or other sun related medical reasons verifiable by the World Health Organization International Classification of Disease ICD-9-CM. Louisiana residents only may apply. Vehicle(s) to be permitted must be properly licensed and insured in accordance with applicable law.
Instructions: Submit the following items:
- A properly completed FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card - Card can be obtained from any local law enforcement agency. A fee may be charged by the local department.
- A completed Authorization Form - Print
and check the"TESS Window Tint" box.
- A completed Rap Disclosure Form
- A completed Window Tint Exemption Form - Applicant and physician must
complete all designated sections of the application in their entirety and it must be notarized. Only ORIGINAL documents will be accepted. No copies and/or fax copies will be accepted.
- A cashier check or money order paid to the order of the Department of Public
Safety or Louisiana State Police in the amount of $42.50 must be attached to the above documents for processing.
NOTE: Upon approval of the window tint exemption, the vehicle will be issued a numeric window tint exemption sticker. This sticker will be placed on the driver side of the windshield in the lower left hand corner directly above the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Inspection sticker.
Security Window Tint Exemption
Security Window Tint Exemption Form - Individuals eligible to apply for a security exemption from the provisions of R.S. 32:361.1 and LAC 55:813 must provide a copy of their current credentials and Louisiana Law Enforcement personnel must provide a copy of their peace officer P.O.S.T. certification and current police commission identification.
LRS 32:361.3 Security Exemption
Security Window Tint Exemption Rules