Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Louisiana

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A certificate of title issued by the state of Louisiana is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle. A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands as a result of the death of the vehicle's owner.


For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle typically will accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. However, buyers wishing to handle the titling independently can do so. Those interested in applying for a new title without the dealer's assistance should refer to the Basic Requirements for Obtaining a Certificate of Title and the Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions documents on the Office of Motor Vehicles website.


Sale/Purchase or Gift of a Used Vehicle

When you purchase a used vehicle, or obtain one as a gift, the title must be legally transferred into your name. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the Office of Motor Vehicles:

  1. The current title, with the assignment completed by the seller or donor (signing the title over to you), and notarized. The title must include the federal odometer disclosure, if the vehicle is less than ten years old.
  2. If the title does not indicate the date of sale and selling price, a completed Bill of Sale, signed by both current and new owner and notarized, is required.
  3. An Odometer Disclosure Statement, if the title does not include this information and the vehicle is less than ten years old.
  4. If applicable, the original or copy of the vehicle's financing statement or security agreement.
  5. Proof of liability insurance coverage, unless the vehicle was purchased from a dealer.


Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, you will need to submit the following here: Acceptable methods of payment are personal or business checks (with driver's license number included on the check), cashier's checks, money orders or cash (do not send cash through the mail).

Transfer of Title Following Death of Vehicle Owner

In the event of the death of the vehicle owner, the title is often transferred to the heirs or someone else identified in the owner's will. The procedures and fees for this type of transfer are similar to those outlined above. In addition, it is important to determine how the estate of the deceased has been settled by the heir(s). In some cases, the heirs may need to complete an Affadavit of Heirship, and provide copies of both the death certificate and the will (or a notarized statement of its contents), if there is one. For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, refer to the Office of Motor Vehicles online, contact the local Office of Motor Vehicles, or call 1-877-368-5463.


Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the local Office of Motor Vehicles or mailed to the headquarters office:

Office of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 64886

Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Additional Information

  • Contact the local Office of Motor Vehicles if you wish to add, remove or change a name on a vehicle title for reason other than those discussed above.
  • If there is an existing lien on the vehicle, there will be additional requirements for transferring the title.
  • A valid title provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. However, remember that a title transfer does not entitle the new owner(s) to legally operate the vehicle. For this, refer to the appropriate license and registration information.


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