How to Sell a Boat in Louisiana?
Completing a bill of sale for boat in Louisiana is an essential part of the sales process. If you want to be sure your document is valid and protects the legal interests of both the seller and the buyer, check if it contains the following information:
- Name of the parish the document is signed in;
- Full legal name of the seller;
- Full legal name of the buyer;
- If the watercraft is registered, the registration number must be indicated;
- Description of the sold boat: the model year, manufacturer, and the hull identification number. If you sell a motor, include motor serial number as well;
- Sales price of a boat. If a motor is included in the sale, indicate its price separately in the corresponding field;
- Date of sale;
- Seller's warranty that neither boat nor its attached accessories are under any mortgage or lien;
- Date when the document was signed.
The Louisiana laws demand that the document must be signed by the seller and the buyer in front of a notary public. After both parties sign the bill of sale, the notary public must certify the bill of sale. Without notarization, the document is not considered valid and is not accepted by any government agency.
After you sell your watercraft, you have 15 days from the date of sale to notify the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries about the deal. To transfer the ownership of your boat, you have to submit an original notarized document proving watercraft ownership, Boat Registration/Boat and Motor Title Application, current Louisiana registration number, original Bill of Sale for Boat/Motor properly notarized, and surrender the title (if the boat is titled). The numbers issued to your boat will be transferred to the new owner. You can submit all documents either by mail or in person.