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Old 03-25-2015, 08:42 AM
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Fellas, I have someone interested in buying my boat today. I just paid it off yesterday so I can have the title to make it easier to sell but the guy is coming from the Lafayette area wants it today. So my question is, what all do I have to do to make this sell with out the title? I found a Bill of Sale in the LDWF website. Can I just sell it with the bill of sale, get it notarized and then send him the title when it comes in?
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Unless something changed, boats don't carry a title in Louisiana. It has always been the trailer with the title. The boat requires the registration be transferred to the new owner with the WLF form.
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I just bought a boat without a title. All he needs is a notarized bill of sale and your state registration card. If you have your original bill of sale showing you paid taxes, then that wouldn't hurt either. The trailer will need to be titled. If he is taking out a loan, his lender may want to do titling paperwork.

This is from the state website.

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/d...billofsale.pdf
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These responses are spot on. The trailer needs a title the boat does not. Bill of sale notarized with get it done and the registration is simply transferred to the new owner with LDWF
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I think that if the boat you are selling is financed it does have a title. If not financed no title unless something has changed
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great! And you are correct, its the trailer that has the title. I have a BOS and that's what we will do. I will send him the title signed. I talked to the notary, she said legally the title needs to be signed by both parties at the notary but like she said, not everyone does it the legal way. Thanks for the responses
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LA law changed guys. If you buy a used boat or bring one here, the boat, motor, and trailer are all titled. You have to get a form signed from the State revenue office and local office stating that the boat does not owe taxes. Then, you will have a title issued to you for the boat and motor. Trailer is still through the DMV. My Sea Hunt has three titles for it. I am also in the process of getting the titles done for my World Cat. See new forms and info on the links below:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/d...istration2.pdf
http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Tax...331(8_13)F.pdf
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/Individ...atRegistration

One clarification, if yo owned the boat before the title stuff changed, you do not have to have one for the new owner to buy it and take it. He will have to do all this extra crap when he registers it.

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I purchased a used 2004Whaler with cash. The boat and the trailer both have titles.
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Originally Posted by cwhite6 View Post
LA law changed guys. If you buy a used boat or bring one here, the boat, motor, and trailer are all titled. You have to get a form signed from the State revenue office and local office stating that the boat does not owe taxes. Then, you will have a title issued to you for the boat and motor. Trailer is still through the DMV. My Sea Hunt has three titles for it. I am also in the process of getting the titles done for my World Cat. See new forms and info on the links below:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/d...istration2.pdf
http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Tax...331(8_13)F.pdf
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/Individ...atRegistration

One clarification, if yo owned the boat before the title stuff changed, you do not have to have one for the new owner to buy it and take it. He will have to do all this extra crap when he registers it.

When did all of this change? I purchased my boat last year from a private seller and didn't have to do any of the new forms.
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It changed a few years ago. You might not have "had" to do them, but they require you to. According to the Dept. of Revenue, DWLF is not supposed to issue new registration numbers and stuff to anyone who has not filed the form I referenced above. They may have went ahead and did it for you.
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Laws changed after Katrina. I bought my boat a year ago and boat motor and trailer all have titles.
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Cwhite is correct...i have bought and sold two boats in the last 4 years and titles are now issued on boats.
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I just left the parish tax office to get my revenue form signed. I picked up a brochure I will try to scan and post on here.
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I understood that a boat that does not have a title currently and is sold in a cash sale can continue to not have a title. A boat that already has a title will require one going forward and any sale involving financing requires a title whether the boat had one previously or not.

I bought a boat in a cash sale last November. I was told the above as to why I didn't need a title at that time.
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do you have to pay taxes on the purchase of a used boat and motor now?
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Per the Department of Revenue (who I just hung up the phone with), any boat sold in the state now will have to apply for a title for the boat/motor. I bought my world cat for cash last month and I am going through the process right now.
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See link. The top part is kind of misleading because it says if it is already registered you can go straight to the WLF. But, if you read the part further down under sale of boats by individuals, you can see the part about the WLF requiring proof from the department of revenue that no tax is owed before you can register it.
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/publica...%281_13%29.pdf
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Originally Posted by midcap View Post
do you have to pay taxes on the purchase of a used boat and motor now?
No. You have to get the dang Dept. of Revenue form done to prove you do not owe taxes on it. You have to get it initialed by the parish tax folks and the state folks.
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Originally Posted by cwhite6 View Post
No. You have to get the dang Dept. of Revenue form done to prove you do not owe taxes on it. You have to get it initialed by the parish tax folks and the state folks.
such a racket.
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Originally Posted by cwhite6 View Post
See link. The top part is kind of misleading because it says if it is already registered you can go straight to the WLF. But, if you read the part further down under sale of boats by individuals, you can see the part about the WLF requiring proof from the department of revenue that no tax is owed before you can register it.
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/publica...%281_13%29.pdf
I don't know. I bought my boat from a friend and they transferred the registration to me with no issues. I just followed what the title transfer guy told me to do.

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