Boat Registration and Licenses in Louisiana
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- All vessels with a motor operating on the state's waterways (including electric trolling motors).
- Complete the registration application.
- Gather proof of ownership in the form of a dealer's receipt or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO).
- Show proof that the appropriate taxes have been paid by completing the tax certification form.
- Write out your check or money order for the fee payment.
- Send everything to:
- P.O. Box 14796
- Baton Rouge, LA 70898
If you purchased your boat outside of Louisiana or have recently moved here, consult the instructions on the application form to learn how to complete your registration process.
Allow six to eight weeks to receive your registration materials. Keep your registration safely tucked away on your boat in a waterproof container.
Call (225) 765-2898 for additional boat registration information.
Special Requirement for Homemade Boats
If your boat is homemade and doesn't have a Hull Identification Number(HIN), submit a completed Application for Boat Inspection along with your registration application. Inspections cost $28.
At the time of your inspection, provide all receipts for parts used to build the boat.
Registration fees vary greatly depending on the length of the boat. Consult the fee schedule provided on the registration application to determine your cost.
Registrations are valid for three years. You should receive a renewal notice about 15 days before your renewal month. If you fail to renew your registration within 60 days of the expiration date, your registration numbers will need to be reinstated.
Renew by Mail
Complete the registration application, being sure to fill in your current registration number. Then, send the application along with your fee payment to the address listed on the application.
Visit the renewal site and enter your registration number and name. Complete the process by following the instructions provided.
Replacing a Lost Registration
Lost registrations must be reported in writing to the LDWF within 15 days.
Replace your registration by completing a registration application, and sending it along with payment for the $8 fee to the address listed on the form.
If you were born after January 1, 1984, you'll need to obtain a boater education card in order to operate a motorboat that's in excess of 10 horsepower. Otherwise, you must have with you either someone who is over 18 years and has completed the course, or someone who is exempt from the requirement.
It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 16 to operate a personal watercraft.
Obtain the safety education card by successfully completing a boater safety course.
Fulfill your education requirement by completing a safety class offered through any of the following:
Course times, hours, and fees vary with the provider.
Even if you're not required to take these classes, they still represent a good way to make you a safer boat, while possibly reducing your insurance costs in the process.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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