Selling a Car in Louisiana

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If you’re selling a car in Louisiana, you’ll need to fill out the title in the presence of a notary before reporting the ownership transfer to the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).
The thought of selling your car might be overwhelming. Missing steps could leave you open to liability issues with the car in the future. That said, knowing what paperwork you need and the steps to take makes the process pretty straightforward. 
Thankfully, the car insurance comparison app Jerry is able to detail the process. You’ll be able to sell your car with confidence, knowing you’ve done everything required by Louisiana law. 

What you need to sell a car in Louisiana

The first step is gathering your paperwork. The OMV will need to see the following documents when it’s time to sell your car:
  • Louisiana Certificate of Title (or, if you don’t have one, a duplicate title form)
  • License plate number
  • Registration expiration date
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Driver’s license number
  • Buyer’s name and address
  • Date of sale
  • Selling price

Getting a pre-sale inspection

Some Louisiana parishes or cities require a vehicle emissions test and safety inspection—this needs to be completed every two years.
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Documenting the sale

A bill of sale is not required to sell a vehicle in Louisiana, but having one gives you and your buyer legal protection.
The state of Louisiana recommends completing a bill of sale that includes the following:
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Selling price
  • Odometer reading
  • Seller name, address, and signature
  • Buyer name, address, and signature

Signing the title over

You must sign over the title of the vehicle in the presence of a notary. After you and your buyer fill out the title, the buyer will take it to the local OMV office to complete the transfer.
You can find a notary through the Louisiana Secretary of State website

Reporting the sale

As the seller, you have the responsibility to tell your local Louisiana OMV that you are selling your car. To submit a notice that you’re transferring ownership, you’ll need:
  • License plate number
  • Registration expiration date
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Driver's license number
  • Name and address of buyer
  • Date sold
  • Selling price
After you submit your notice of transfer, your OMV record will be immediately flagged indicating you’ve sold the vehicle. It won’t be legally transferred until the new owner makes a proper application for title.

Finding affordable car insurance 

After selling your car, take a few minutes to look at the coverage on your current vehicle. Jerry makes this process super simple and fast while giving you a lot of information. You’ll be able to find great prices and policies quickly. Average Jerry users save $879 per year!
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