A Louisiana motor vehicle bill of sale allows a seller to transfer the ownership of a car, truck, van, or other vehicles to the buyer’s name. The legal document is an official record showing that the vehicle described was sold to the named buyer by the original or authorized seller.
Whether you buy a car from a licensed dealer or a private owner, you need to bring the completed vehicle bill of sale to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) if the title assignment does not show the date of sale, selling price, and both signatures. The OMV recommends a bill of sale for the parties’ protection.
Louisiana Vehicle Registration
All new or used vehicles must be titled and registered with the OMV. Owners must also notify the office if they donate or trade the vehicle and transfer the title.
Where to Register Your Vehicle
You can mail or deliver documents to the OMV. Buyers and sellers can also register vehicles at any local OMV office or a public tag agent location. The OMV accepts checks, money orders, and electronic payments if you pay by mail. You can make in-person payments via cash, credit or debit card, money order, e-check, or electronically.
Documents Required by the DMV Office
New vehicles require:
Used vehicles require:
- Vehicle application form (DPSMV 1799)
- Current certificate of title from seller to purchaser, notarized, with released lien if applicable
- Supplemental odometer disclosure statement, if not included in the title
- Notarized bill of sale or invoice with the cost of sale or other consideration
- UCC-1 form or other security agreement if the lien is to be recorded
If you have someone else register your vehicle, you will need a vehicle power of attorney form.
Free Louisiana Vehicle Bill of Sale Sample
Below is a free printable Louisiana vehicle bill of sale. It is available in both PDF and Word formats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I write my own bill of sale in Louisiana?
Yes. A Louisiana bill of sale for a vehicle is valid as long as it contains all of the requirements listed above.
Does a vehicle bill of sale have to be notarized in Louisiana?
Yes, all vehicle bills of sale must be notarized in Louisiana.