A Louisiana motor vehicle bill of sale is completed to record a transaction wherein a buyer purchases a car, truck, van, motorcycle, or any other motor vehicle from a private seller. The completed bill of sale will have a description of the vehicle and its identification number, the personal and contact information of both parties, the type of transaction (trade, purchase, gift), an odometer disclosure statement, and the notarized signatures of both parties. It should be noted that a bill of sale doesn’t need to be submitted when registering or titling a vehicle so long as the title assignment reflects the date of the sale, the selling price, and the signatures of the buyer and seller.
Louisiana Vehicle Registration
Owners of recently-acquired motor vehicles will be required to license and register them with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. The new owner of the vehicle must follow the below steps before they can use their vehicle.
- Gather the following paperwork:
- A completed Vehicle Application form (DPSMV1799)
- Current driver’s license
- The certificate of title with the assignment completed, signed, and notarized
- Proof of liability insurance
- Bill of sale (if the certificate of title does not feature signatures, date of sale, or selling price)
- Odometer disclosure statement if vehicle is less than ten (10) years old
- Proof of sales tax payment if registering from out of state
- Financing statement or security agreement (if applicable)
- Find the nearest Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.
- Submit all documents and pay the requisite filing fee.
*Residents may also mail the completed forms and fees to the Louisiana OMV Headquarters.