How to Transfer a Car Title in Louisiana

To introduce a car title in the state of Louisiana, it’s a good idea to read these instructions, locate all the appropriate lines on the title, and read any instructions on the title before you start filling in the information. Note that Louisiana titles must be notarized. This can be done at a local Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles office or another site where a notary is available. Don’t fill out the title until you get to the office, and bring photo identification with you. If you don’t, the notary cannot notarize your signature.

Turn to the back of your Louisiana car title and look near the top.

  1. The first information you will add to the title is the date of the sale and the sale price of the vehicle.
  2. On the next line, write in the name of the person buying the vehicle. Next to that, write in their full address (street address, city, state and zip code).
  3. On the next line, write in the vehicle’s current mileage.
  4. There is more information to fill in. It’s divided into two columns. On the left side of the page, the buyer should sign where it says “Signature of the buyer(s).” They should print their name under that where it says “Printed name of buyer(s).” If there are two people buying the car, both people need to fit their names on these lines.
  5. In the right column, the seller should sign their name, which says “Signature of the seller(s).” They should print their name under that where it says “Printed name of the seller(s).” Again, if there are two people selling the car, both people need to fit their names on these lines.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles' website doesn’t have much information about title transfers, but it’s a good place to start if you have questions.

How to apply for a Replacement Title in Louisiana?

Listed below are the five main steps for applying for a Replacement Title in Louisiana.

  1. Fill out the form. Go to the nearest Office of the Motor Vehicle, and print out the Vehicle Application Form. Fill out the form, signed and dated properly.
  2. Notarize. After filling out all the required fields, notarize the form.
  3. Complete requirements. It is important to arrive with all the needed documents such as the Application Form, driver’s license, valid ID, and copy of the Louisiana registration certificate. If not available, include a note saying this; otherwise, the Office of Motor Vehicle could reject the application. If the car has a lien, the lien holder must complete the Affidavit of Non-Possession of title by the Lien holder
  4. Pay the fee. In Louisiana, the replacement fee is $68.50 plus an $8 handling fee, for a total of $76.50.
  5. Wait for the mail. An OMV clerk processes the application and mail the replacement title within 3 to 5 working days. Expect to receive the title through the mail in about 7 to 10 working days.