Louisiana Motor Vehicle (DMV) Bill of Sale Form


The Louisiana DMV bill of sale form is a written testimony acknowledging the transfer of personal property from one individual to another. In this case, the property is a moveable (vehicle). Louisiana requires, by law, that a bill of sale is utilized if the title does not contain the sale amount/date or signatures of both parties. It’s also recommended to implement this contract so that you have a copy for your vehicle records. All signatures must be performed in the presence of a notary, who will then sign the agreement making it official.

How to Register a Vehicle

You have 40 days from the time of purchase to have your vehicle registered and be able to legally operate it on public roads. To register your newly purchased vehicle, advance to an OMV (Office of Motor Vehicles) location of your choice and come supplied with:

  • Title signed over by the previous owner, as well as the present registration.
  • A bill of sale or receipt proving that you purchased the vehicle being registered.
  • A legitimate form of photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.)
  • Form DPSMV 1799 (Louisiana Vehicle Application), completed and ready to be submitted for approval.
  • Proof of a valid insurance plan (not required if you purchased the vehicle from a dealership).
  • If the vehicle in question is 10 years or older, the seller must provide an Odometer Disclosure Statement to the buyer which will then be presented to an OMV official.
  • If the vehicle being registered was financed, you must provide one of the following documents: A UCC-1 (Uniform Commercial Code-1) Financing Statement, Security Agreement, or Chattel Mortgage.
  • A method of payment to satisfy any fees accrued (cash, check, debit/credit card, money order).

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Enter the parish where the transaction is to take place. (If not familiar with the term “parish”, it is comparable to a county.)

Step 3 – Seller and Buyer Names – After entering the Parish, you must print the following into the 2 consecutive available spaces:

  • Seller Printed Name
  • Buyer Printed Name

Step 4 – Vehicle Specs – Provide the form with the required vehicle details listed below:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • VIN #

Step 5 – Sale Information – Transcribe the following data regarding the sale:

  • Vehicle Sale Price
  • Date of Sale

Step 6 – Notary Section – All parties involved must appear in the presence of a notary public and provide:

  • Date of the Transaction (Day, Month, Year)
  • Seller Signature
  • Buyer Signature
  • Notary Public Signature