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Inherited Vehicles in LA

November 5, 2017


The process for completing a car title transfer for a Louisiana inherited vehicle differs depending on how distribution of the estate is determined.

  • If the court has determined distribution, you'll need a court order to complete a car title transfer.

  • If distribution is determined through the Department of Revenue (DOR), you'll need to submit an Affidavit of Small Succession as part of the title transfer application.

  • For instances when succession is not determined by the court or DOR, you'll need to submit BOTH:

    • An Affidavit of Heirship (Form DPSMV 1696).

    • A copy of the death certificate and will (or notarized statement of the contents of the will).

If the heir is an out-of-state resident and the home state will NOT accept the Affidavit of Heirship, the out-of-state officials must write a letter stating this fact.

Additionally, you will have to submit the following to the Louisiana OMV in order to complete a vehicle title transfer:

  • Vehicle Application (Form DPSMV 1799).

  • Title certificate—Assigned to the new owner by the heir(s) and notarized.

  • Current registration (if available).

  • Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form DPSMV 1606) if the car is under 10 years old.

  • Satisfaction of lien written on lienholder's letterhead (if applicable).

  • Acceptable form of ID.

  • Payment for any applicable auto title transfer fees.

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