if you need some help with your Louisiana boat registration just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Registering a boat in Louisiana can be a very complicated process, so you really need to know what you are doing before you buy or sell a boat in Louisiana! There are really two issues involved: registering the boat and registering the trailer.
If you buy a boat trailer from an individual, that means that you have to deal with the Louisiana Office Of Motor Vehicles (often called the LA DMV). I will save that subject for another post, but the main issue here is that Louisiana is a trailer title state. That means that you have to have the title for the trailer, and then deal with the “fine folks” at the OMV. Make sure that the title is signed over to you and notarized, and that you have a notarized bill of sale to go along with it.
Getting the registration for a boat in Louisiana is really not as bad as you may think, in most cases. If you are buying the boat from an individual, it’s a great idea to call the Louisiana Department Of Wildlife And Fisheries first. This can be a crucial factor in getting a Louisiana boat registration. Tell them about the boat and motor that you are buying and they will make sure that there are no outstanding liens against it. If you don’t do this, and the boat was not paid off by the seller, you will quickly find yourself in a messy situation!
When you purchase the boat make sure that you get a bill of sale for the boat, motor and trailer. Fill it out completely and have it signed by both parties in front of a notary (who will sign and place his seal on it as well). If the boat is already titled, that needs to be signed over as well (you will then have to surrender the title when you apply for the registartion and apply for a new title). Then you will want to fill out the LA Boat Application and send that in with your payment, along with the bill of sale and title (if there is one).
If you are buying a boat from someone out of state and you want to register it in Louisiana, make sure that you get a notarized bill of sale and the title (if there is one). You may have to fill out an extra tax form, but it’s best to call Wildlife & Fisheries to find out.
Before you send anything to LA Wildlife & Fisheries, or go to their office in Baton Rouge, it’s a good idea to call them to make sure that you have everything that you need. Just call 225-765-2800. As long as you make sure their is no lien on the boat before you buy it, and get a notarized bill of sale (and maybe a title) that is accurately completed, you shouldn’t have a problem buying the boat from an individual and then registering it.
If you need any help at all getting your boat registered in Louisiana, please call me at 225-907-5280. As a mobile notary, I can come to you to notarize the title and bill of sale anywhere near Baton Rouge. I am available 24/7 and will gladly travel to wherever you are within an hour of Baton Rouge.