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Updated May 31, 2022

A Louisiana boat bill of sale serves as a receipt for a boat/vessel sale agreement between two (2) parties, typically a private seller and buyer. In it, both parties must disclose the vessel’s basic information as well as the agreed-upon purchase price. The new owner must then present the notarized bill of sale to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in order to officially register and title the vessel under their name.

Signing Requirements – The buyer and seller must sign the document before a notary public.

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Registering a Boat

All motorized vessels, sailboats 12-feet or longer, and non-motorized houseboats must be registered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Registrations are valid for three (3) years, expiring on the initial registration date of the third year. Renewals may be processed online through the LDWF’s Boat Registration Renewal Portal or via mail to the address posted on the renewal notice.

Note: Private sellers must report the transaction to the LDWF within fifteen (15) days of the sale.

Where to Register

Owners must register their vessel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in one of two ways:

(1) In-person at the LDWF Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge during regular business hours; or

(2) Via mail to the address below:

Attn: Boat Registration/Boat and Motor Title Application
PO Box 14796
Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Required Documents