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Louisiana Boat Registration Summary

          Louisiana boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Louisiana. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our Registration page as shown in the above menu selections. Boat registration services, supplemental forms, and historical research data  are also available from our Services, Forms, and Database pages.

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Boat Registration Agency Louisiana Boat RegistrationState of Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 307,464 boats registered in the State of Louisiana. This accounts for 2.6% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The boat registration number prefix for Louisiana is "LA".
Boat Registration Requirements All boats must be registered except sail boats less than 13' in length and sailboards. Registration is required for Coast Guard documented vessels which are used for recreational or commercial fishing purposes.
Boat Title Requirements Starting Aug. 25, 2009 anyone required to register a new or previously owned boat valued at $2,500 or greater, which will be financed through a lending institution, is required to obtain a title. Titling is optional for persons who already own their boat and have already registered the vessel in Louisiana prior to Aug. 25, 2009 or those who are purchasing a previously-owned boat that is already registered in Louisiana.
Conditional Boat Registrations Louisiana does not have provisions for bonded boat titles or conditional boat registrations. Under these circumstances, ownership would need to be established through an award from a court of proper jurisdiction.
Abandoned Boats Louisiana does not have provisions for registering found or abandoned boats. Under these circumstances, ownership would need to be established through an award from a court of proper jurisdiction.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in Louisiana are administered by the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. This agency does not facilitate online registration searches for the general public.
Boat Tax Requirements Sales tax is levied on all boat transactions in Louisiana.
Boat Loan Perfection Security interests on non-documented boats which are state titled must be recorded on the Louisiana state registration records. If the vessel is documented, a preferred vessel mortgage should be recorded with the U.S. Coast Guard. A UCC recording would be appropriate if neither state titling or documentation applies.
Boat Ownership Designations Louisiana does not designate joint ownership methods on registration records.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may apply for a registration if the boat is located within the State of Louisiana.
Boat Hull Number Inspection The hull number must be inspected by a Louisiana law enforcement if there is a discrepancy.
Boat Reporting Requirements Ownership transfers, abandonments, and destructions must be reported to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries within 15 days. Stolen boats must be reported within 5 days.
Outboard Boat Motors Louisiana issues separate titles for outboard motors if they are 25 HP and above. However, titling is not required unless the motor is being financed or has been titled in another state.
Boat Trailers Boat trailer registrations and titles are issued in Louisiana.
Notary Regulations Louisiana notary commissions are for life, $10,000 bonding is required, and usage of notary seals is optional.
Boat Visitation Period A visitation period of 90 days is allowed for boats that are registered in another state, Coast Guard documented, or registered in a foreign country.

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