Boat Registration and Boat/Outboard Motor Title Instructions
Boat Titles (effective August 2009); Outboard Motor Titles (effective May 2011).
A title DOES NOT replace registration but is in addition to registration.
A title provides ownership, and is required to secure ownership interest when a boat or outboard motor is financed.
ALL REQUESTS FOR REGISTRATION/TITLE TRANSACTIONS REQUIRE A COMPLETED APPLICATION ALONG WITH APPLICABLE DOCUMENTATION AS FOLLOWS. FAILURE TO SUPPLY ALL INFORMATION INCLUDING SIGNATURE OF OWNER WILL RESULT IN DELAYED PROCESSING OR DENIAL OF YOUR APPLICATION.
ORIGINAL, NOTARIZED DOCUMENTATION THAT DEMONSTRATES THE CHAIN OF OWNERSHIP TO THE APPLICANT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR ALL BOATS, NEW AND USED.
New Application - Required for any boat that has never been registered in Louisiana.
New from Dealer: Original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (“MSO”) AND copy of invoice from dealer. Proof of Louisiana state and local taxes paid must be evident on the invoice, or the application must be accompanied by a completed original Tax Payment Certification Form (R-1331) from LA Dept. of Revenue.
Boats from out of state: If boat was purchased from an individual who previously registered/titled the boat in another state, the applicant must submit the title and registration along with a notarized bill of sale. If the boat was acquired from a dealer in another state, previously titled or registered, applicant must submit invoice from the dealer, or a notarized bill of sale, along with the title and/or registration and proof of ownership from titled/registered owner to dealer is required. Applications for first time registration in Louisiana coming from outside of Louisiana may be required to submit a completed tax payment certification form (R1331) from La. Dept. of Revenue. Call the telephone number at the bottom of the page for clarification.
Inspection Requirements: Boats without a Hull Identification Number (HIN) or an incorrect HIN and applying for registration for the firsttime must go through INSPECTION and must be titled in addition to being registered. A completed application and notarized inspection affidavit must be submitted, original receipts for materials indicating taxes paid must be provided at the time of inspection. The Homemade
boat application process may be handled at the regional office. An appointment must be made in advance.
All United States Coast Guard Documented boats used recreationally in Louisiana waters must also be registered. Application must be accompanied by a completed tax payment certification form (R-1331) from La. Dept. of Revenue and a copy of the US Coast Guard Documentation in the applicant’s name.
A current Louisiana registration number must be on all applications for transfer of ownership. In addition to the application, an ORIGINAL notarized bill of sale that includes the registration number, hull identification number, make and model year of the boat, signature of seller and purchaser must be submitted. If the boat is titled, the title must be surrendered. If the owner of the boat is deceased, the application must be accompanied by the Judgment of Possession awarding the boat to Heir(s). If there is no succession, the affidavit for transfer of decedent’s boat with a copy of the death certificate must be submitted. If the boat is sold by the heir(s), an original notarized bill of sale from the Heir(s) is required.
Duplicate Certificate - Current registration number must be on application.
Duplicate Decals with Certificate - Application must contain registration number, be NOTARIZED, and list the reason duplicate is needed.
Duplicate Title (Boat or Motor) - Application must contain registration number, be NOTARIZED, and list the reason duplicate is needed.
Renewal - Application must contain the current registration number. You may renew your boat via internet at www.la.wildlicense.com or by calling 1-888-765-2602. A handling fee will be charged.
Titling Boats and Outboard Motors (25 HP and above)
Application indicating title is needed must be submitted in addition to ownership documents listed above.
If previously titled, the title MUST be surrendered at the time of registration and a new title will be issued.
If title is held by a lien-holder, it must be surrendered and a new title will be issued.
For motors that have never been previously titled, an Original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, along with the invoice must be submitted. Proof of Louisiana State and Parish taxes must be evident on the invoice or application must be accompanied by a tax payment certification form (R-1331) from La. Dept. of Revenue.
If Boat and/Motor-25HP and above is financed, it must be titled.
If your documents are not received within 45 days please notify the office at (225) 765-2898.