Effective July 1, the legal requirements and procedures for performing affidavits of physical inspection on motor vehicles will change.


Effective July 1, the legal requirements and procedures for performing affidavits of physical inspection on motor vehicles will change.  ACT 435, passed by the Louisiana Legislature during the 2009 Legislative Session, was written to combat fraud and ensure the integrity of a certified officer’s physical inspection. The new law specifies that only commissioned law enforcement officers who have completed a four-hour physical inspection course of instruction, taught by the Louisiana State Police, can perform physical inspections on a motor vehicle.

Officers who attend the course will be issued a numbered certification card. This certification number is required on the newly printed and numbered Affidavit of Physical Inspection forms (DPSSP 3515 R09/09). Local law enforcement agencies can pick up the new physical inspection forms at the nearest State Police troop or the DPS Central Warehouse. Affidavits of Physical Inspection issued on the old forms after July 1, 2010 are invalid and will not be accepted as proof of physical inspection.

The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit will maintain a database of those officers who have been certified to perform physical inspections in the State of Louisiana. State Police will also track the new numbered physical inspection forms and to which agency they were issued. This database will be available to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, and will allow their personnel to verify the validity of the physical inspection forms. Physical inspections conducted by non-certified officers will not be valid for OMV processing.