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Weights and Standards


Captain Ronnie Borer
Captain Ronnie Borer

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 66614, Mail Slip A-26
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Physical Address:
7919 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Phone: (225) 925-6113 ext. 205
Email:


History

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.



Operations

 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.


Troop Map Region 1 Region 3 Region 2

Employment Opportunities

Contact the Louisiana State Civil Service at http://www.civilservice.la.gov/index.asp


Qualifications

  • 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


History

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.


Operations

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.


Inspection/Maintenance

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 (BATON ROUGE)
3250 North Acadian Thrwy. East
Baton Rouge,  LA  70805     
225-342-1337 or Fax 225-342-5120
Carroll Davis-CONTACT PERSON

LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (WINNFIELD)
HUEY P. LONG VO-TECH
304 South Jones Street
Winnfield, LA  71483
318-628-4342
Danny Keyes-CONTACT PERSON

LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (THIBODAUX)
1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA  70301
985-447-0924
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

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4
Section 5

Section 6

Section 7

Section 8
Section 9

Section 10

Section 11

Section 12


Forms

Motor Vehicle Inspection Weekly Report

Record of Annual Commercial Inspection

 

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 color 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 $45.25 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 or companies with a valid security reason(s) can obtain, in the form of an affidavit, a window tint exemption from the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for permitted vehicles.

Prerequisites: Valid security need for added concealment of persons or property from the plain or public view. Louisiana residents only may apply. Vehicle(s) to be permitted must be properly licensed and insured in accordance with applicable law.

Requirements: LRS 32:361.3 Security Exemption

Security Window Tint Exemption Rules