Plate Surrender in Louisiana
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License plates don’t last long in Louisiana. Relocate to a new state and you must surrender your plates. Sell your car and you must either destroy or surrender your plates. For more on these situations as well as other license-plate-transfer scenarios, continue on below.
Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) gives you 30 days to register your car after establishing residency. Surrendering your old license plates is not required, unless mandated by your former state’s DMV.
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You cannot keep your Louisiana license plates after establishing residency in your new state. The OMV requires that you surrender the plates.
Remove the license plates before turning over the car keys. You must either destroy the plates or surrender to your local motor vehicle office.
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