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Louisiana Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale Form

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The Louisiana Vehicle Bill of Sale is a legal document that will provide information with regard to a motor vehicle that is being legally sold and purchased between a dealer and individual(s) or between two private parties. This document will, in fact, prove a change of ownership and will likely be needed as proof of ownership at registration. The form will require notarization. Signatures must be withheld until a notary public is present for the witness.

  • Odometer Disclosure Statement – Needed to verify the mileage of the vehicle at the time of registration for the new owner.
  • Notice of Vehicle Transfer – Must be filed by the Seller within five (5) days after the sale of the vehicle. May be Filed Online or with Form DPSMV 1697.

Register a Vehicle in Louisiana

When a vehicle is purchased in Louisiana, the vehicle must be registered within 40 days of the purchase of the vehicle

Where to Register – You may appear in person, with all appropriate documentation at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in the Parrish most local to you

Needed to Register – You will need to appear in person at the local OMV with the following documents:

  • You will need to complete a  Vehicle Application (Form DPSMV 1799)
  • A photo ID (driver’s license)
  • Proof of Auto Insurance (unless purchased with a dealership)
  • You’ll need a valid Inspection Certificate
  • A bill of sale or invoice
  • The title certificate (must be signed over to you by the previous owner) and the vehicle’s current registration
  • For vehicles under 10 years old, you must provide an odometer reading (in miles)
  • If you’re financing the payment of the vehicle  – A security agreement, UCC-1 Financing Statement or a chattel mortgage
  • Be prepared to pay all Registration and titling fees
  • Be prepared to pay taxes of 4% of the value of your vehicle
  • If required by the Parrish in which you reside, you may need to be prepared to pay state and local taxes as well

How to Write

Step 1 –  In the line provided at the top left of the page, enter the Parrish in which the transaction is taking place

Step 2 – The second line on the form, enter the seller’s full name

Step 3 – In the third line, enter the buyer’s full name

Step 4 – Vehicle Description – Enter the required information into the fields provided:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Step 5 – Enter the selling price of the vehicle

Step 6 – Enter the date of the sale in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 7 – The seller must review the statement. If in agreement, continue

Step 8 – Signatures – Enter the following:

  • Date the signatures before a notary public in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • The seller, before a notary, will provide their signature
  • The buyer, before a notary public must also provide their signature

Step 9 – Notarization – Once the notary has witnessed the signatures and acquired identification, the notary will then complete the remainder of the form. He/she will provide all of their information and will also affix their state seal as required