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Three tips and tricks for having a car in Louisiana 

Common vehicular woes and their solutions

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HOW DO I GET A BRAKE TAG?

An updated brake tag (called a Vehicle Safety Inspection Sticker in some places) will cost you $25 in Orleans Parish. Overdue brake tags will cost extra, with late fees ranging from $2 to $10. Bring a current driver's license and up-to-date registration and proof of insurance for your vehicle. Some locations accept credit and debit cards, while others are cash only. Call ahead to check, and visit www.nola.gov/brake-tags for inspection locations and information.

MY CAR GOT TOWED. HOW DO I FIND IT?

First, pinpoint the towing company that may have taken it. Most of the time, businesses will have a designated towing company whose name and phone number can be found near the parking lot entrance. If not, you can ask an employee at the business to give you the towing company's contact information. Parking in an off-limit area around the city can get your car towed to the New Orleans Auto Impound (400 N. Claiborne Ave., 504-565-7450), under Interstate 10. To retrieve your vehicle, you'll need to pay the $153 towing fee plus an $18 per day storage fee. If there are additional outstanding parking violations attributed to your vehicle, you'll be required to pay those as well.

THE WAIT AT THE DMV TAKES HOURS. DO I HAVE OTHER OPTIONS?

Try visiting one of New Orleans' private tag agents. For an $18 fee, plus the standard Louisiana fee of $24.50, you can renew your driver's license, obtain an identification card, receive a duplicate license or change your home address. You can get in and out quickly with the help of Clear Auto Title (3239 Bienville St., 504-305-7987), Louisiana Auto Title Inc. (213 N. Broad St., 504-822-3747) and A Automobile Title Change Services (4829 Prytania St., 504-897-0024).

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