How to Transfer a Car Title in Louisiana

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement
Service Area

$123.64 - $445.92

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 11,191 customers who received a Brake Pads Replacement.

A car’s title is proof of who owns it. When ownership changes, the title must be transferred to the new owner. This is true for buying or selling a car, and it applies to other types of ownership changes, including receiving or giving a car as a gift, or inheriting a car. When it comes to how to transfer a car title in Louisiana, there are several things that need to be done correctly.

Louisiana car buyers

If you’re buying a car from a private seller, you have 40 days to gather the required information and money for fees and taxes, and then visit the OMV. You’ll need to follow these steps:

  • Make sure that the seller completes all the information on the back of the title. This should include the car’s mileage, as well as the price you paid for the car and the date.
  • Make sure that both you and the seller sign the title, and that it is notarized.
  • If the title does not have room for all the information needed, a bill of sale is required.
  • Make sure the seller provides you with an Odometer Disclosure Statement if it’s newer than 10 years.
  • Make sure to get a lien release from the seller.
  • Complete the Vehicle Application.
  • Make sure to get insurance on the car and to provide proof of coverage.
  • Have the money to pay the transfer fee. This will be $18.50, with a possible handling fee depending on the OMV branch you use. You’ll also need to pay sales tax, as well as an in-person credit/debit fee if not paying with cash.

Common mistakes

  • Not getting a lien release
  • Not signing with the seller and having the title notarized

Louisiana car sellers

For sellers, there are other steps that need to be taken before the title can be transferred to a new owner. These are as follows:

  • Make sure to provide all the required information on the title, or in a bill of sale if there is not enough space on the title.
  • Make sure to give the buyer a lien release.
  • Complete the online Notice of Transfer at the OMV website. You’ll need to provide the car’s license plate number and expiration date, as well as the VIN, your driver’s license number, the buyer’s information, the date of the sale, and the price.
  • Remove the license plates from the car.

Common mistakes

  • Not getting a lien release

Inherited and gifted cars

For gifted cars, the process of transferring the title is the same as above. However, for an inherited car, there are some specific steps needed.

  • You’ll need a court order if court-ordered distribution is occurring.
  • If the DOR is handling the situation, you’ll need an Affidavit of Small Succession (available from the DOR only).
  • You’ll need a copy of the death certificate.
  • You’ll need a copy of the will.
  • You’ll need an Affidavit of Heirship if the court or the DOR are not handling the situation.

For more information about how to transfer a car title in Louisiana, visit the state’s Office of Motor Vehicles website.


Next Step

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Brake Pad Replacement. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Brake Pad Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Brake Pad Replacement Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

11,191

Rating Summary
10,671
333
68
34
85
10,671
333
68
34
85

Michael

15 years of experience
518 reviews
Michael
15 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz GL450 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Atlanta, Georgia
Micheal was punctual and friendly. Work was completed within promised time. Will definitely use again.
Volvo S80 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Roswell, Georgia
Michael was SUPER QUICK with doing my brake and rotors. Great communication throughout the whole process. Will always recommend

Kenneth

19 years of experience
509 reviews
Kenneth
19 years of experience
Toyota Sequoia - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Newport Beach, California
Kenneth did a great job and very knowledgeable. He has a great attitude and I will for sure be using him again.

Chuy

13 years of experience
129 reviews
Chuy
13 years of experience
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Cicero, Illinois
Excellent work on doing the breaks for my car and the break and steering system flush I’ll definitely recommend and take into consideration for chuy’s work whenever I need a fix on my car

Richard

16 years of experience
72 reviews
Richard
16 years of experience
BMW 328i - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Dublin, California
Richard was an outstanding mechanic. After he arrived, the first thing he did after taking the initial pictures of the car is an assessment into what work was asked. He quickly verified that I did not need brake fluid and my front brakes even-though it affects his personal commitments and time, which I think is highly appreciate and thorough professional. He was detailed oriented - took time to make sure that all the issue are fixed. He paid attention to detail in overall car assessment- he goes above and beyond. He was also teaching me through the process which I found highly educational and appreciate him providing the information ensuring and making me comfortable what he was doing and explaining patiently all the questions that was thrown at him. When he works - you know he's highly skilled and experienced and knows his stuff. He is highly experienced. He is a "Master" mechanic in true sense :)

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE