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Old 03-06-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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I am about to put my 20' Ranger bay boat up for sale and need some help with what paperwork is required for me to sell to an individual. I have searched this forum and found some information but most of it was several years old and I know requirements change a lot.

What I have is:
Title to the trailer
Trailer Registration Certificate
Boat Registration Certificate

Are these the only documents I need? What do I do with them?

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La doesn't require a title on boat it sounds like you have all the paper work needed. Make sure your bill of sale says "as is". And separate the cost of the boat, trailer, and motor for tax purposes on buyer. I normally put $500 for trailer cause the buyer has to pay taxes on that. If the boat is registered in La there will be no taxes on boat but if registered in another state La will charge taxes on boat.
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I think you are good to go.
When I got my boat the owner never registered it under his name but he had the paperwork and they didn't hassle me too much.
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Visit LA dept of wildlife and fisheries website. Everything is listed as to what is required.
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La doesn't require a title on boat it sounds like you have all the paper work needed. Make sure your bill of sale says "as is". And separate the cost of the boat, trailer, and motor for tax purposes on buyer. I normally put $500 for trailer cause the buyer has to pay taxes on that. If the boat is registered in La there will be no taxes on boat but if registered in another state La will charge taxes on boat.
I would take it one step further and make a separate Bill of Sale for the trailer. This may sound silly but I have seen the DMV add taxes that don't belong. www.expresslane.org has a blank Bill of Sale that you can print out. Also, the buyer (if a Louisiana resident), will need a copy of your drivers license to register the trailer in his/her name. Make sure all documents are signed IN FRONT of a Notary, not before you get to one.

After the sale and prior the the boats departure, remove the license plate then, go to www.expresslane.org and officially remove your name as owner of the trailer.
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Visit LA dept of wildlife and fisheries website. Everything is listed as to what is required.
This. There is even a bill of sale you can print, complete and have notarized. Did this when I sold my boat last year.
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Let me know if you need any blank bills of sale. I can email them to you.
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Let me know if you need any blank bills of sale. I can email them to you.
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Thanks for the offer, I have found one.

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Be aware that Louisiana does title boats now...especially if financed at some point. Make sure that yours was never titled.
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Not a paperwork item, but I think you are also required to remove the license from the trailer and submit it to the DMV.
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Be aware that Louisiana does title boats now...especially if financed at some point. Make sure that yours was never titled.
My boat was never titled, but thanks for the input.

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Not a paperwork item, but I think you are also required to remove the license from the trailer and submit it to the DMV.
What happens if you don't turn in the plates to the DMV. I have never done this in the past.

Thanks for your input.

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What happens if you don't turn in the plates to the DMV. I have never done this in the past.

Thanks for your input.

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Two things could happen. If you leave the plate on the trailer, you could be held responsible if the trailer should crash into a bus load of children or you could be fined if the trailer runs through a red light camera. The best thing to do is A) remove the plate when selling the trailer and 2) go to www.expresslane.org and cancel the plate or turn it into the DMV.

If you do neither, it will get cancelled if/when the new owner registers the trailer with DMV.
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Always pull the trailer tag to relieve you of future responsibility. It takes 2 min to do. Another 15 to drop it off.
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Two things could happen. If you leave the plate on the trailer, you could be held responsible if the trailer should crash into a bus load of children or you could be fined if the trailer runs through a red light camera. The best thing to do is A) remove the plate when selling the trailer and 2) go to www.expresslane.org and cancel the plate or turn it into the DMV.

If you do neither, it will get cancelled if/when the new owner registers the trailer with DMV.

Good advice.
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