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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

For Hire Industry, Tour Guides and Planners

Tour Guide Permit

Business/Individual, Equipment
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In order to ensure that residents and visitors have options related to tours and hospitality in New Orleans, the City regulates the issuance and renewal of licenses to Tour Planners.  To obtain an initial permit, Tour Guides must pass a test on the history and culture of New Orleans.

Duration: Valid for 2 years, expiring on applicant’s birthday


  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • No person who has been convicted of a felony within five years preceding the date of application shall be permitted to receive a tour guide license.


  • Permit fee $50.00
  • Payment for written test: $10.00

Required documents/steps

  • Completed application
  • Valid State issued identification card or driver's license
  • Pass written test on history and culture of New Orleans with a minmum score of 70%. At the discretion of the Department of Safety and Permits the applicant may be required to have a verbal examination and an interview.
  • Federal background check ($50 - money order only - paid to New Orleans Avaiation Board)
  • Drug test ($20 paid to drug testing facility)

Issuing agency

Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau

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Last updated: 12/3/2014 4:36:26 PM

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