Louisiana Motorcycle Registration

Louisiana Motorcycle Registration

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.

Louisiana Title & Inspection Requirements for Old 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

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:

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.

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

2 Replies to “Louisiana Motorcycle Registration”

  1. 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. 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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