§863. Sanctions for false declaration; reinstatement fees; revocation of registration; review
A.(1) Except as provided in this Section, when the secretary determines that a
vehicle is not covered by security as required by this Chapter or that the owner or lessee has
allowed the required security to lapse, he shall revoke the registration of the vehicle,
impound the vehicle, and cancel the vehicle's license plate.
(2) Should the secretary determine that any person, whether in his application for
registration of a motor vehicle or in his application for a motor vehicle inspection or
otherwise, has submitted false information that the motor vehicle was covered by the security
required by Section 861 of this Part, the secretary shall impose upon the owner or owner's
lessee the sanctions set forth in Subsection (A)(1), but for a longer minimum period, as set
(3)(a) Sanctions for a violation of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection shall be imposed
until proof of required liability security is provided to the secretary and all reinstatement fees
are paid. Sanctions for a violation of Paragraph (2) of this Subsection shall be imposed for
a period of not less than twelve months nor more than eighteen months. However, in no
event shall these sanctions be removed until such time as proof of the required security is
provided to the secretary along with all appropriate fees required by law, including a
reinstatement fee of one hundred dollars per violation of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection if
the vehicle was not covered by the required security for a period of one to thirty days, two
hundred fifty dollars if the vehicle was not covered by required security for a period of thirty-one to ninety days, and five hundred dollars if the vehicle was not covered by required
security for a period in excess of ninety days. No reinstatement fee shall be imposed by the
secretary if the vehicle was not covered by required security for a period of ten days or less
and the insured surrenders the vehicle's license plate to the secretary within ten days. The
reinstatement fees for violations of Paragraph (2) of this Subsection shall be as follows: two
hundred fifty dollars for a first violation, five hundred dollars for a second violation, and one
thousand dollars for a third or subsequent violation. The reinstatement fee shall not be owed
for an alleged violation of Paragraph (2) of this Subsection when proof of the required
security is provided to the secretary within sixty days of the date of the notice. If at the time
of reinstatement, a person has multiple violations and is within sixty days of the notice, the
total amount of fees to be paid shall not exceed eight hundred fifty dollars, for violations of
Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, one thousand seventy-five dollars for violations of
Paragraph (2) of this Subsection. At no time shall the total amount of fees, including
administrative fees, exceed two hundred fifty dollars for persons sixty-five years or older.
After sixty days of the date of the notice, all fees shall be considered final delinquent debt
and therefore owed, and the eight hundred fifty dollar limit for persons under sixty-five years
shall no longer apply.
(b) Revenues from the reinstatement fees imposed by this Paragraph shall be used
(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter to the contrary, except for
R.S. 32:868, and after satisfying the requirements of the Bond Security and Redemption
Fund, thirty-six percent of the revenues from the reinstatement fees shall be used as provided
by law for the construction, maintenance, and operating expenses of new capital immovables
and related movables.
(ii) In addition, fourteen percent of the revenues from the reinstatement fees shall be
dedicated for obtaining equipment and related supplies to be used in connection with the
issuance of validation stickers.
(iii) In addition, twenty-six percent of the revenues from reinstatement fees shall be
dedicated to increase the salaries of all full-time employees of the Department of Public
Safety and Corrections, office of motor vehicles. Specifically, such monies derived from the
reinstatement fees shall be used exclusively to fund the salary increases associated with the
job reclassification and pay study submitted by the office of motor vehicles to the State Civil
Service Commission on October 19, 1998, and approved by the Department of Civil Service
effective December 31, 1998. Any use of the fees allocated by this Item for salary purposes
other than those specified herein, including the use for annual merit increases, is expressly
(c) Upon completion of the construction of the new capital immovables and related
movables described in this Paragraph, forty percent of the revenue from reinstatement fees
imposed by this Paragraph shall be deposited in the state general fund. However, fifteen
percent of such revenues shall be reserved for maintenance and operating expenses of the
(4) Fees shall be paid to the secretary, who shall remit them to the state treasurer to
be credited to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund as provided in R.S. 32:853(B)(2).
B. The sanctions of Paragraph (A)(1) of this Section shall not be imposed, and any
fine, fee, or other monetary sanction which has been remitted to the secretary pursuant to the
sanctions of this Section, specifically including any reinstatement fee paid pursuant to
Paragraph (A)(3) of this Section and any fee paid pursuant to Paragraph (D)(5) of this
Section, shall be promptly refunded by the secretary to the person who paid it, if the owner
or lessee furnishes any of the following within sixty days of the notice:
(1) An original, a photocopy, or an image of the card that is displayed on a mobile
electronic device of a Louisiana auto insurance identification card showing that the required
security is in effect on the vehicle and has been continuous without lapse or an original or
photocopy of any written communication from an insurer either to the insured or to the
secretary stating that the required security is in effect on the vehicle and has been continuous
without lapse, any one of which shall constitute sufficient evidence that the required security
on the vehicle has not lapsed.
(2) If such evidence is not furnished by the owner or lessee, any other evidence
satisfactory to the secretary, that each of the following conditions are met:
(a) The vehicle was at the time in question in fact covered by the required security.
(b) The vehicle is currently covered by security as required by R.S. 32:861 and that
the required security has been continuous without lapse.
(c) The vehicle was not involved in an accident during the period when it was not
covered by security as required by R.S. 32:861.
(3) Documentation satisfactory to the department that the vehicle was damaged as
a result of a natural disaster which is the subject of a state of emergency declared by the
governor and was treated as debris and removed, provided such natural disaster occurred
prior to the reported cancellation of liability insurance.
C. If the person applies for a registration during the same period for which the
surrendered plate would have been valid, credit shall be applied toward the purchase of a new
plate. The credit shall be equal to the amount paid for the most recent registration of the
motor vehicle multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the unused months of said
registration and the denominator of which is the number of months for which said
registration was issued.
D.(1) When the secretary seeks to impose the sanctions required in this Section, he
shall send written notice to the owner, lessee, or other person against whom sanctions are
intended at the last address furnished to the department. Notwithstanding the provisions of
R.S. 32:852(E), such notice may be sent by first class mail. A notice of noncompliance,
issued by a law enforcement officer under the provisions of R.S. 32:863.1(C)(1), shall serve
as notice to the owner, lessee, or other person. Prior to imposition of such sanctions, a
hearing may be requested within ten days from the date of notice. Sanctions shall not be
imposed until all rights for appeal have expired or been exhausted.
(2) At the hearing, the commissioner shall consider the correctness of his initial
determination with regard to petitioner's violation of any provision of Subsection A or B of
this Section. Should the commissioner find that his initial determination with regard to such
a violation was correct, the revocation ordered by him shall be maintained and given effect.
The commissioner shall rescind an ordered revocation only if he finds that petitioner violated
no provision of Subsection A or B of this Section, and that the initial determination made by
the commissioner was incorrect.
(3) Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 883, §2.
(4) Within ten days after a person has exhausted his remedies with the commissioner,
he shall have the right to file a petition in the district court in the parish of his domicile for
a review of the final order of revocation. The court may exercise any action it deems
(5) The department may promulgate rules and regulations necessary to offset the
administrative cost of this Section not to exceed twenty-five dollars.
E. When a person's motor vehicle registration is suspended or revoked according to
the provisions of this Section, it shall remain suspended or revoked and the person shall be
prohibited from renewing his driver's license, obtaining a duplicate driver's license, renewing
his motor vehicle registration, or obtaining reissuance of his motor vehicle registration until
the reinstatement requirements of this Section are satisfied.
Added by Acts 1977, No. 115, §1, eff. July 1, 1978. Amended by Acts 1979, No.
538, §1; Acts 1981, No. 743, §1; Acts 1983, No. 282, §1; Acts 1984, No. 212, §1, eff. July
1, 1985; Acts 1985, No. 866, §1; H.C.R. No. 186, 1986 R.S., eff. June 30, 1986; Acts 1987,
No. 616, §1, eff. July 9, 1987; Acts 1987, No. 553, §1; Acts 1988, No. 269, §1; Acts 1991,
No. 391, §1; Acts 1992, No. 984, §18; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 119, §1, eff. July 7,
1994; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 159, §1; Acts 1999, No. 157, §1, eff. June 30, 1999; Acts
2001, No. 371, §1; Acts 2001, No. 883, §§1 and 2; Acts 2001, No. 916, §1; Acts 2001, No.
1109, §1; Acts 2003, No. 405, §1, eff. June 18, 2003; Acts 2003, No. 611, §1; Acts 2006,
No. 406, §1; Acts 2011, No. 370, §2; Acts 2012, No. 824, §1; Acts 2014, No. 639, §1, eff.
Feb. 1, 2014; Acts 2014, No. 641, §1, eff. July 1, 2014; Acts 2015, No. 414, §1.