Louisiana Title Processing Information
I've got the title in front of me now where do I sign?:
Release ownership by signing in the middle of the title, line 4, off to the right on the front of the title. If there is an active lien on the vehicle the lien holder must sign on the lien release section to successfully release interest in the vehicle. The lien release must include the date signature of the authorized agent, and the agent's title.
The OMV strongly recommends retaining a bill of sale for your records, regardless if it's required or not. You can easily download this document from our Bill of Sale page. The Bill of Sale/Power of Attorney is a form that's easy to fill out and can be one of the fastest and secure ways to release liability of the vehicle. Please keep in mind that this form must be notarized.
I'm the registered owner but I can't find my title:
Duplicate Title: If your title has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, countered, or has become illegible and you are the registered owner you can apply for DPSMV1799 vehicle application form . The completion of this form will allow you to obtain a new title, but remember that the "Duplicate Title Affidavit" section must be notarized. If there is a lien on the vehicle, a satisfaction of lien must also be submitted. You will encounter a $18.50 for title and $8.00 fee for handling although the handling fee may vary.
Court Ordered Title: If you are not able to obtain a negotiable title or the paperwork for a duplicate title, a Salvage title can be obtained through the Louisiana Court Ordered title process. This process can be used on any vehicle valued under $3,000 without a “Stolen Notice” on DMV record. We require a copy of the cashed settlement checks (front and back). In place of a copy of the cashed check, the state will accept a “screen-print” on Provider
letterhead showing the issue and the cashed/paid date for payments to the insured and lien holder (if applicable). Also needed is a letter on Provider letterhead allowing us to apply for the permit including ACV and ECR. This letter requires a signature. Without a signature, it will be rejected by the state. It takes 90+ days to obtain adequate resale documents.
Crush Vehicle: As a last resort, when no sale documents are forthcoming, the vehicle can be crushed. We would need written notification on Provider letterhead requesting the vehicle be crushed.
If you want to donate your vehicle and you don't have the title, we can get the duplicate title for you. All you need to do is fill out the forms below and hold them until the tow agent comes to pick them up.
Two notarized Powers of Attorney signed by all owners listed on the title (one to apply for the duplicate title and one to sign the duplicate title when it is received from the DMV) and a lien release if applicable.
The owner of the vehicle is deceased:
In the case of a one owner death: You will need a certified copy of the death certificate, a notarized Affidavit of Heirship (form DPSMV 1696) and a properly signed title by the rightful heir.
In the case of a probated estate: You will need a certified copy of the death certificate, a certified copy of the Judgment of Possession, and a properly signed title by the executor of the estate.
The vehicle was abandoned on my property:
In most cases we will be able to pick up the vehicle. If we need paperwork from you it will usually be in the form or your signature on a paper describing where the vehicle was left and your request for us to remove it. Obtaining the ownership of the abandoned vehicle will be will be taken care of by our car donation program.