Louisiana Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements

In Louisiana, ensuring the safety and environmental compatibility of your vehicle is every driver’s responsibility. That means adhering to Louisiana’s Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) requirement. This blog looks to detail the inspection requirements and shed light on the procedures and documentation required.

Understanding the Basis for Inspection

Every vehicle operating in Louisiana is subject to certain inspections to ascertain its road worthiness as well as its overall environmental compliance. The basis for these inspections lies in promoting safety and reducing the negative environmental impact caused by automotive emissions. 

Required Documentation for Inspection

Before heading to an inspection station, ensuring you have the necessary documentation is essential. All drivers must present the following:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Current valid insurance 

It’s advisable to check with the local DMV or inspection station to understand the specific documentation required.

The Two-Step Inspection Process

Louisiana’s Motor Vehicle Inspection process is typically bifurcated into two main steps: (1) a safety inspection and (2) an emissions inspection.

Safety Inspection

Under the safety inspection, various vehicle components are scrutinized to ensure they function correctly and adhere to the safety standards set by the state. These components include but are not limited to the following components:

  • Brakes
  • Speedometer/Odometer
  • Mirrors, outside and inside rearview
  • Seat belts
  • Steering mechanism
  • Floor pan
  • Parking brakes
  • Horn
  • Headlamps
  • Parking lamps
  • Turn indicator lamps front and rear
  • Tail lamps 
  • Stop lamps 
  • High mount brake lamps
  • Back-up lamps
  • License plate lamp
  • Overhead lights 
  • Windshield wipers
  • Windshield washers (vehicles six years old or older are exempt)
  • Windshields 

Emissions Inspection

Emissions inspections are used when assessing the number of pollutants your vehicle releases into the environment. The aim is to ensure vehicles comply with the state’s emissions standards, contributing to a cleaner environment. This step is especially significant for vehicles operating within the parishes that require emissions testing, which are Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge.

Locating a Certified Inspection Station

Finding a certified inspection station in Louisiana is straightforward. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality provides a list of recognized inspection stations. Additionally, many service centers and automotive repair shops are certified to conduct these inspections. Ensure the inspection station you choose is certified to perform both your safety and emissions inspections.

Use our Agent Finder to contact a location agent and get a fast and free quote today.

Safety Tips to Help You Avoid an Insurance Claim This Holiday Season

5e’re entering the holiday season, and all is merry and bright. Right up until you have to file an insurance claim because a potentially preventable homeowners’ disaster crashed the party! Insurance agents see a disproportionate amount of both homeowners and auto claims during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s.

The holiday season is full of risks, but there are precautions you can take to stay safe and still laissez les bons temps rouler!

Discourage Break-Ins

  • If you plan to be away, have someone pick up your mail and newspaper, or put a hold on your services.
  • Set up outdoor lights with motion sensors and put indoor lights on staggered timers.
  • You may want to install a home security system that you can monitor remotely.
  • Don’t hide a spare key outdoors.
  • Make sure you have photos of your valuables before leaving town, in case you do have a break-in and need to file a claim.

Weatherize Your Home Before Leaving

If it’s supposed to dip below freezing while you’ll be gone, leave your faucets dripping, your under-the-sink cabinets open, and your heat on.

Prevent Fires

The holidays are a time of increased fire dangers. Multi-tasking sometimes means cooking while distracted. We use more electrical appliances and overload outlets, leading to an increased risk of electrical fires.

Other hazards include dangling decorations, lots of lit candles, and opportunities for fireplace flames and bonfires to get out of hand. And often, we are too busy to constantly supervise children.

  • First off, test your smoke detectors and make sure the batteries are fresh before you get too busy with holiday preparations.
  • Secondly, make sure matches and lighters are well out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave the kitchen when you have something on the stove or in the oven.
  • Keep candles and incense away from dangling flammable items, and make sure they’re someplace where they won’t be knocked over. Never leave candles or fires unattended.
  • Ask guests to put out cigarettes and cigars in water.
  • Make sure space heaters are three feet away from curtains, blankets and furniture.
  • Use a fireplace screen and make sure to extinguish all fires completely. Do not put hot embers in paper or plastic containers.
  • Make sure your tree is well away from all heat sources, such as space heaters, radiators, etc. Don’t leave tree lights on when you’re not home and replace any old or fraying strands. If you have a live tree, water it daily.
  • With all those holiday events, your household appliances are working around the clock. But don’t leave your washer, dryer or dishwasher on when you’re not home. And don’t forget to clean your lint filter and dryer vent regularly.

Careful With That Turkey Fryer

Frying turkeys is thought to have originated in Louisiana, and we know the (relatively new) tradition is beloved by many Louisianans.

But turkey fryers are involved in an average of $15 million in insurance claims and five deaths a year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. These events are so common that FEMA released a guide to preventing turkey fryer fires.

  • To reduce fire risks, thaw the turkey completely before frying. Pat it with a towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Always use a fryer in a completely open-air space, such as a driveway or yard. Never use it indoors or in a garage.
  • Remember, grease splatters! Keep the fryer 100 feet away from any flammable structures.
  • Cover your skin while working with the fryer to prevent burns.

Safety Tips for Guests

If you have guns, make sure they’re in a locked cabinet and there is no way they can fall into the wrong hands. Guns and unattended kids or guns and alcohol are bad combos.

If you host a party and serve alcohol, do not serve minors and refuse to serve anyone who is already impaired. Don’t let anyone who has had too much to drink drive home. If they are involved in a collision, liability could fall on you.

Little hands around? Plug sockets with protectors and secure household cleaners, knives, and other dangerous items if you will have very young visitors.

Block access to dangerous parts of your home—swimming pools, staircases, balconies trampolines, etc.—if you plan to have young guests or guests who will be drinking.

Drive Safely

If you’ve had too much to drink at a holiday party, call a cab or a ride-share. There is absolutely no reason to drive under the influence of alcohol or medication.

A higher volume of drivers on the road means you’ll need to drive extra-defensively. Impaired and sleep-deprived travelers are behind the wheel more during the holidays than any other time of year.

If you suspect someone nearby is driving under the influence, have one of your passengers call local authorities to report the danger.

Make Sure You’re Covered

Get in touch with a local agent today, and make sure you have the homeowner and auto policies you need to cover any potential holiday mishaps.