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Louisiana Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws

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This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Louisiana and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

Learn more about motorcycle title transfers in Louisiana.

Louisiana Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Louisiana have a motorcycle inspection requirement?
    • Periodic safety inspection required.
  • Does Louisiana require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.
  • Does Louisiana require a title for old motorcycles?
    • All motorcycles require a title.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Louisiana

To register and title your motorcycle in Louisiana, you’ll need the following:

  • Signed title.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
    • Notarized affidavit from previous owner certifying they are not an LA resident if the Bill of sale or out of state title is not notarized.
  • Bill of Sale.
  • Registration and title fees and sales tax.
  • Vehicle Application form

Find more information about Louisiana motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

Notarization Required on the following documents in Louisiana:

  • Bill of sale
  • Title

Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Louisiana

If you bought a motorcycle without a title, you can try to do the following:

Option 1: Bikes from LA

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in Louisiana.

Option 2: Bikes from out of state

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires motorcycle titles:

Option 3: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.

Louisiana Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in Louisiana must have:

  • Left side rearview mirror.
  • Handlebar grips no higher than shoulder height.
  • Passenger footrests when riding with passengers.
  • Turn signals.
  • Speedometer and odometer.

Learn more about street legal motorcycle requirements.

This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.

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5 thoughts on “Louisiana Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws”

  1. I have a Motorcycle with a title from the previous owner, the title will be notarized.
    I dont have a bill of sale because it was a trade.
    Can I still register it?

  2. Hi i bought a moped outside the us and bringing it to Louisiana and i trying to grt omates and tittle tranfer but the vin the currently on the bike is only an 11 nunber vin not a 17 how can i tranfer and get plates

    1. motorcyclezombies

      If it’s an older bike (pre 1981), it may have a VIN with less than 17 characters. Assuming you have the necessary documentation (title/MCO that matches the VIN, customs documents, Bill of Sale, etc.), you should be okay.

  3. I have a friend who has a motorcycle that was in a barn for 10 years does no title and it runs good how can I get it legal we don’t know who the title belong to who has the title anyway

    1. motorcyclezombies

      You can try going through Louisiana’s process for registering an untitled bike – this may require a Statement of Facts, a VIN inspection, and some applications. If that doesn’t work, you could look into first registering it in Vermont.

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