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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.

    Moving to Louisiana

    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.

    Need more insight on Louisiana? Visit our relocation guide.

    Moving from LA

    You cannot keep your Louisiana license plates after establishing residency in your new state. The OMV requires that you surrender the plates.

    Selling a Used Car in Louisiana

    Remove the license plates before turning over the car keys. You must either destroy the plates or surrender to your local motor vehicle office.

    Our Title Transfers page offers additional information on selling your vehicle.

    Buying a Used Car in LA

    The plates stay with the owner, not the car. You’ll need to register the vehicle with your local motor vehicle office to obtain permanent Louisiana license plates.

    Need more information? Visit our Vehicle Title Transfers page.

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