Louisiana Vehicle Titles

Signing a Vehicle Title in Louisiana – Private Party Sale

When selling a vehicle privately in Louisiana, it is essential to properly sign the vehicle title to transfer ownership to the buyer. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to ensure a smooth transaction. Additionally, it is highly recommended to include a Bill of Sale, which serves as a supplementary document to record the sale details.


1. Gather the necessary documents: The current vehicle title and a Bill of Sale form (optional but recommended).

2. Prepare the Bill of Sale (if applicable): Include the buyer’s and seller’s details, vehicle details (make, model, year, VIN, and mileage), sale price, date of sale, and vehicle conditions. Both parties should sign and retain a copy for future reference.

Signing the Vehicle Title:

1. Locate the title: The seller should have the current vehicle title, which is usually issued by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).

2. Check the title details: Ensure that all the information on the title is accurate, including the vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, year, and mileage.

3. Secure the seller’s signature: As the seller, you will need to sign the back of the title in the designated area, typically labeled “Seller’s Signature.” Sign exactly as your name appears on the front of the title (do not use initials or nicknames).

4. Provide odometer disclosure: If the vehicle is less than ten years old and weighs less than 16,000 pounds, you must also complete the Odometer Disclosure Statement on the back of the title, including the current mileage.

5. Fill in the required information: Fill in the buyer’s information on the appropriate fields, such as the buyer’s full name, address, and date of sale. Ensure these details are accurate and legible.

6. Delivery of the title to the buyer: Once the seller has signed and completed all necessary sections on the back of the title, it is ready to be given to the buyer.

Including a Bill of Sale (optional but recommended):

1. Provide the completed Bill of Sale: Hand the completed Bill of Sale to the buyer. Ensure both parties have signed and retained a copy for their records. This document serves as additional proof of the private vehicle sale.

Additional Considerations:

– If there are multiple owners listed on the title, all parties must sign as sellers.

– If the title does not have a designated section for the odometer disclosure, a separate odometer statement may be required, available on the Louisiana OMV website or at any local OMV office.

– The buyer is responsible for transferring the title into their name at their nearest OMV office within 40 days of the purchase date. Advise the buyer to bring the signed title, Bill of Sale (if available), proof of insurance, and payment for all applicable fees and taxes.

Remember, it is crucial to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all documents to avoid any complications during the vehicle sale or transfer process.

Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles