Louisiana Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in order to legally drive on LA roadways. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

When you move to Louisiana, you must register your out-of-state motor vehicle with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) within 30 days.

NOTE: Use tax is required for all registered vehicles, but you may be able to receive a credit if you already paid sales tax in your previous state.

Before you register your vehicle, make sure you’ve purchased Louisiana car insurance.  Your vehicle will also need to pass an inspection. Safety inspections are required in all of Louisiana, however, some parishes also require emissions inspections.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To register your vehicle, you’ll need:

  • The Vehicle Application (Form DPSMV 1799).
  • Your driver’s license (or a copy for mailed applications).
  • The current title and registration.
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Proof of sales tax payment IF you paid tax in another state and will be claiming credit for it.
  • Payment for fees and taxes.
    • By mail: Check or money order.
    • In person: Credit or debit card, money order, e-check, or cash.

You can submit your registration documents by mail to the address on the Vehicle Application Form DPSMV 1799, OR in person at a local Louisiana OMV office.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at at a local Louisiana OMV office, or mailing in your registration documents, visit www.transfermyauto.com, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.