With an online search portal, you can search Louisiana license plates, but you will only see information like the make, model, and year. Sometimes you can also see color and trim level. Louisiana also has an online portal for residents to use to get a copy of their own complete motor vehicle records. The personal information contained in motor vehicle and license plate records is subject to strict federal and state Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws because they contain personal details like the owner's name, address, phone number, social security number, and other sensitive information. Any violation of these laws may result in jail time, fines, and other sanctions. If you request records for someone other than yourself, you will need to provide your own contact information and driver's license details.
Louisiana stipulates that drivers must have one license plate securely attached to the rear of their vehicle (no less than 12 inches off the ground). Additionally, the law states that the license plate must be: "securely fastened to the vehicle so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The license plate shall be secured in a place and position so as to be clearly visible and shall be maintained free of foreign materials and in such a condition as to be clearly legible".
A truck or other vehicle weighing more than 6,000 pounds can have the license plate attached to the front.
When registering a vehicle, the driver must show proof of insurance and an odometer statement. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles Public Safety Services is the agency in charge of new registrations and renewals. Renewals may be completed online through their website.
Louisiana's standard license plate is pale blue and white with a pelican on it and a slogan that reads "Sportsman's Paradise". Along with offering residents the standard plate, they also offer many different types of plates. Commercial plates are light blue with no image on them. There is a special license plate for the Louisiana Purchase. They even have one that says TRUMP2020.
Many of the plates sponsor groups, organizations, or foundations, and the cost of them goes to support the cause. Some examples are:
Louisiana also has plates for military, veterans, universities, the police, firefighters, and also disability license plates for those who need them. Residents can pay extra to have the message on the plate personalized, but it must be approved first.
Louisiana honors the US Code, Title 18, #2721 through #2725, and Section 350 of Public Law 106-69, which amended the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act OLA File No. 1999-1126 and mentions it on their Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles website.
They offer driving records with personal details to individuals who provide their own information. They do warn that "It is unlawful for any person knowingly to obtain or disclose personal information, from an individual's motor vehicle record". And "A person who knowingly violates the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act shall be fined a minimum of $2500.00 in damages to the person whose record was improperly released. A person who knowingly obtains, discloses or uses personal information, from a motor vehicle record, for a purpose not permitted under the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act shall be liable to the individual to whom the information pertains, who may bring a civil action in a United States district court".
It is legal to look up your own license plate information and driving record in Louisiana. It is also okay for someone to do a license plate search online to find basic information about the vehicle (not owner details). It is also legal for an authorized person to search and purchase driving records and motor vehicle files using a license plate lookup as long as they comply with both state and federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws.
When requesting a record for yourself, you will need your name, address, driver's license number, date of birth, and license class. When searching for someone else's record, you can use just the license plate number or VIN, but more information is helpful to find a match. With a personal report, you will see all of the information listed below:
If you have obtained access through the Louisiana system, you can request and purchase records for someone else using either the license plate number or the VIN. If, however, you are requesting a record for yourself, you must use your driver's license number. There is also a national title registry you can use to look up a vehicle using the VIN. You will see crash reports and open recalls.
Louisiana does not allow public citizens to look up a license plate number to find owner information without a valid reason. They only allow someone to get their own records unless they fall into one of the categories allowable under the DPPA laws. For example, a private investigator can get the owner's information using a license plate lookup.
Louisiana strictly follows the federal DPPA laws and only allows the stipulated individuals and situations for pulling license plate and vehicle owner information. They are as follows:
It is quite easy for anyone to perform a Louisiana license plate lookup for free online using a public records database. The results will be limited though to only basic information about the vehicle, such as make, model, and year.