Paperwork Needed to Sell a Vehicle

There are several documents needed to sell a new or used car in this particular state. The documents needed differ depending on who is selling the vehicle, a car lot or an individual. Along with all of the proper paperwork required to sell a car, consideration should also be given to applicable tax and title transfer fees. Most of the forms involved in car sales between individuals are the responsibility of the buyer.

Individual’s Selling Cars

The paperwork required to sell a car between individuals that are not licensed car dealers includes the following paperwork.

  • DPSMV 1799 (Vehicle Application)
  • Notorized Title Assigned to the Buyer
  • Notarized Bill of Sale
  • DPSMV 1606 (Odometer Disclosure Statement)
  • Photocopy of the Buyers Driver License or I.D.
  • Proof of Insurance
  • DPSMV 1697 (Notice of Transfer of Vehicle)

DPSMV 1799 (Vehicle Application)

This form will be required in order for the purchaser to be able to obtain vehicle ownership. It is the responsibility of the buyer to submit this document to the Department of Public Safety.

You can view and download the document at the following link.

Notarized Title Assigned to the Buyer

Any individual selling a vehicle is required to complete the transfer section and have it notarized. The information required includes the date of transaction, price and odometer.

Notarized Bill of Sale

In special circumstances, a seller may not be able to complete the transfer section. It may also be an out of state title and not have entry spaces for all of the required information. In these cases the seller may be required to supply the buyer with a notarized bill of sale. The document must include all of the information that is required for a transfer including mileage and buyer information.

DPSMV 1606(Odometer Disclosure Statement)

The Odometer Disclosure Statement is required to sell any car that is under 10 years old. It requires the seller to identify the amount of miles on the vehicle engine as of the date of the transaction.

You can view and download the document at the following link.

Photocopy of the Buyers Driver License or I.D.

The buyer should be prepared with a copy of their driver licences or ID card when transferring ownership by mail or in the state office.

Proof of Insurance

The buyer of a vehicle in Louisiana is required to present proof of liability insurance coverage upon vehicle registration. This is required to receive a transfer of ownership and tag.

DPSMV 1697 (Notice of Transfer of Vehicle)

When a private vehicle owner sells a car in Louisiana, DPSMV 1697 should be submitted immediately by the seller. This document notifies the state that you are transferring ownership of the vehicle and provides preliminary information about the transaction.

You can view and download DPSMV 1697 at the following link.

Dealership’s Selling New and Used Cars

Dealerships and businesses that sell a new or used car in the state of Louisiana have to submit several forms to the Department of Public Safety.The forms are similar to those required in the private transfer of a vehicle. Dealership’s must also provide financial statements and security agreement where applicable.

The paperwork required to sell a car in by licensed vehicle dealers include the following documents.

  •  DPSMV 1799 (Vehicle Application)
  • Notarized Manufacturers Statement of Origin
  • Itemized Invoice
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Photocopy of Buyers Driver License or ID Card
  • Copy of Financing Statement And/Or Security Agreement (Where Applicable)

DPSMV 1799 (Vehicle Application)

The vehicle application must be submitted to the state by the dealership in order to receive an original title to a new car. The document must also be submitted after the purchase of a used car that already has ownership papers.

Notarized Manufacturers Statement of Origin

This statement is required by the state in order to issue the certificate of ownership to a new vehicle buyer. The information required to complete this document includes a detailed description of the vehicle. Dealerships are also required to provide the buyers information as well as a proper emissions certification.

Itemized Invoice

It is the dealership’s responsibility to provide the buyer and the state with an itemized invoice for new and used cars that specify each charge. It usually takes the shape of a contract.

Odometer Disclosure Statement

The Odometer Disclosure Statement is required for any transaction involving new and used cars. Dealerships will have their own document to submit to the sate that identify how many miles the car has at the time of the transaction.

Photocopy of Buyers Driver License or ID Card

The dealership must maintain a copy of the buyers driver license or ID card on record for all vehicle transactions.

Copy of Financing Statement And/Or Security Agreement (Where Applicable)

The dealership must also file a copy of the financing contract and or security agreement if the car is financed. This is not required to be filed if the car is not financed or secured by any other means.

Tax and Fees

In vehicle transactions at the dealership, tax and fees are generally included in the contract and presented on the itemized invoice.

There are several forms that are required to sell a vehicle. An individual selling a car must provide a notarized transfer and/or notarized bill of sale. They must also provide an odometer disclosure statement and notice of transfer of ownership. Dealerships and businesses selling cars must provide a vehicle application, notarized manufacturers statement of origin, itemized invoice, odometer disclosure statement and a financing/security agreement.