§361.2. Medical exemption
A.(1) The provisions of R.S. 32:361.1 do not apply to a motor vehicle registered in this state where the registered owner, spouse or family member operating or authorized to operate the motor vehicle has an affidavit signed by an optometrist or physician, including but not limited to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist licensed to practice in this state stating that such person has a physical or medical condition involving the effects of the sun that makes it necessary to equip the motor vehicle with sun screening material which would be of a light transmission or luminous reflectance in violation of R.S. 32:361.1. A copy of the affidavit shall be kept in the motor vehicle at all times.
(2) The affidavit, prepared by the office of state police, shall list the World Health Organization International Classification of Disease ICD-9-CM recognized conditions that would qualify an individual for a medical exemption under this Section. Included on the affidavit shall be a section for the optometrist or physician, including but not limited to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist licensed to practice in this state, to describe a medical condition that is not listed on the affidavit as a condition requiring a medical exemption under this Section. The office of state police may seek the opinion of the Louisiana Medical Advisory Board on whether to grant a medical exemption. A copy of this affidavit shall be kept in the vehicle at all times.
(a) If the optometrist or physician, including but not limited to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist licensed to practice in this state, finds photophobia as the medical condition requiring the medical exemption provided for in this Section, the optometrist or physician shall write in the appropriate section why a correct pair of sunglasses will not provide the necessary protection, and why the window tint will not affect the person's ability to drive at night.
(b) An individual seeking the medical exemption shall sign a notarized release authorizing the release to the department of all medical records dealing with the exemption.
(3)(a) Any medical exemption granted shall be due to a diagnosed condition made only by an optometrist or physician, including but not limited to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist licensed to practice in this state, and such condition shall be verifiable in the World Health Organization International Classification of Disease ICD-9-CM as a recognized condition that would warrant an exemption pursuant to this Section.
(b) The secretary or his designated representative shall conduct a case-by-case review of grants and denials and shall make such changes as he deems necessary based on evidence presented to him by a person seeking an exemption.
(c) Any exemption granted under the provisions of this Section shall be subject to review every three years unless deemed otherwise by the department.
(d)(i) Persons convicted of violent crimes or drug offenses shall not be eligible for a medical exemption. Therefore, at the time of applying for the exemption, the applicant shall provide written consent on a form approved by the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information authorizing the bureau to release any information contained in the applicant's criminal history record and identification files to the office of state police for verification that the applicant has not been convicted of a violent crime or drug offense.
(ii) Applicants shall submit a full set of fingerprints and the department shall authorize the bureau to conduct a state and federal criminal history record check, which shall include a check of National Criminal History Records from the Federal Bureau of Investigations Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
(e) Any exemption issued shall be subject to administrative review and possible cancellation as a result of a documented event involving a threat to police officer safety.
B.(1) The affidavit shall include a description of the vehicle and shall be in the possession of the person so afflicted, or the person's legal representative, at all times while being transported in the motor vehicle or be kept within the described vehicle.
(2) If a vehicle is traded or sold that is covered by an exemption, then the person accepting the vehicle to be transferred shall be responsible for removing the tint, unless the new owner has applied for and received an exemption.
C. Any medical exemption issued prior to January 1, 2005 shall expire one year from the date of issuance.
D. Any exemption granted pursuant to this Section shall not apply to the area below the top six inches of a motor vehicle windshield unless specifically authorized by the optometrist or physician granting or requesting the medical exemption provided for in this Section for a patient who is diagnosed with a light-sensitive porphyria.
E. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall issue a decal for each vehicle covered by an exemption issued pursuant to this Section. The decal shall be prominently displayed on the vehicle at all times and shall indicate that the vehicle has tinted windows because an occupant has a medical issue warranting an exemption under this Section.
Acts 1983, No. 158, §1; Acts 1993, No. 519, §1; Acts 2004, No. 463, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2005, No. 238, §2; Acts 2008, No. 91, §1; Acts 2009, No. 175, §1; Acts 2009, No. 371, §1; Acts 2014, No. 433, §1.