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Weights and Standards/MVI

Captain David Templeton
Captain David Templeton

Weights and Standards
PO Box 66614, A-26
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Region 1 - Include the areas of Troops A, B, C and L. Region 1 covers the major metropolitan areas of New Orleans, Houma and Baton Rouge, along with the suburban and rural parishes of Southeastern LA. Region 1 encompasses the greater population within its borders.

Region 2 - Include the areas of Troops D, E, F, G and I. Its territory covers the Acadiana Parishes, and stretches westward from the Atchafalaya Basin to the Louisiana/Texas state line with its Northern border being Arkansas. Major cities include Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.


The Department of Public Safety, Weights and Standards Unit is a uniformed commissioned POST certified Peace Officer position and serves as a Louisiana State Police representative. Officers have 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 is legislatively mandated to direct, coordinate, and control the activities of the Weights and Standards Mobile and Stationary scale divisions. The Weights and Standards Section is located in 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 with statutory provisions of laws regulating weight, size, and registration. The Weights and Standards Police Officers have received additional training in Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and federal hazardous material regulations.

Troop Map Region 1 Region 3 Region 2

Employment Opportunities

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 12 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 Peace Officer position and serves as a Louisiana State Police representative. Officers have 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. Motor Vehicle Inspection 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 regulation and inspection of all Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations, Approval of Window Tint Waivers (Medical & Security), and performing Motor Carrier Safety Inspections. MVI section consists of officers across the state to conduct required audits on 1700 MVI stations. Contact information (225) 925-6113.

Motor Vehicle Inspection Program

There are four categories of MVI 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 1700 MVI stations, 182 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. Additionally, MVI officers in this area conduct 1200 bi-annual roadside audits consisting of gas cap & OBDII testing.

MVI Training

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.

3233 Rosedale Road
Port Allen, LA 70767
225-342-1337 or Fax 225-342-5120

5960 Hwy 167 North
Winnfield, LA 71483

1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301

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

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4
Section 5

Section 6

Section 7

Section 8
Section 9

Section 10

Section 11

Section 12


Motor Vehicle Inspection Weekly Report

Record of Annual Commercial Inspection


Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program

Motorcycle Operator Training Courses

Basic Rider Course

This 15.5-hour course is designed for the beginning motorcycle operator with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for navigating safely in traffic. Classroom instruction is followed by practical exercises. Sessions usually start on Friday night or Saturday morning and continue through Sunday in a controlled, off-street environment.

Motorcycles used in Basic Rider Course may not exceed 550cc.

Intermediate Course

The Intermediate course is a 5-hour on-range course for the motorcyclist who wants to fine-tune their mental and physical skills. The course practices cornering, braking, and evasive maneuvering techniques Participants will also discuss their risk management techniques and share riding experiences. DPS training motorcycles are available for student use. (Prerequisites: Basic course graduates or properly licensed/m/c endorsed motorcyclists)

Advanced Course

This is a new & challenging 8 hour, (4 hour classroom & 4 hour range) course for the more skilled and properly licensed motorcyclist. Emphasis is given to self-assessment, risk management, rider behavior, riding strategies and overall skill development, advanced braking, cornering and swerving procedures and techniques. Pre-requisites: Advanced course: Participant owned motorcycles must be street legal (registered, insured and inspected)

Application and Schedule

2015 Course Schedule

Course Application

Once a student is assigned to a requested course, submitted fees are NON-REFUNDABLE unless the course has been cancelled by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety

For information or scheduling, please contact at 225-925-6113, ext 224.

Window Tinting

LRS 32:361.1 Limitations on Window Tint

Medical Window Tint Exemption

Requirements: 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:

  1. 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.
  2. A completed Authorization Form - Print and check the"TESS Window Tint" box.
  3. A completed Rap Disclosure Form
  4. 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.
  5. A cashier check or money order paid to the order of the Department of Public Safety or Louisiana State Police in the amount of $40.75 must be attached to the above documents for processing and mailed to DPS/Window Tint, PO Box 66614 Mail Slip A-26, Baton Rouge, LA 70896.

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.

Requirements: LRS 32:361.3 Security Exemption

Security Window Tint Exemption Rules