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All vessels used on Louisiana state waters need to be titled and registered with the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Keep reading to learn about tilting and registering watercraft AND the qualifications needed to operate a boat in The Pelican State.

LA Boat Registration & Title Procedures

The LDWF requires you to title and register any recently-purchased boat within 15 days of purchase. Start by gathering the following documents:

Then, mail the items above to:

  • Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • P.O. Box 14796
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Allow 8 weeks for the LDWF to mail your boat's new title and registration to you. Once you receive your registration number, refer to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries boating equipment and regulations page to learn the correct way to display your registration numbers and decals.

If you have additional questions, call the LDWF's boat registration line: (225) 765-2898.

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LA Vessel Title & Registration Fees

The LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' fees for titling and registering your vessel are as follows:

  • Original/renewal registration—Varies by boat length:
    • 14 ft. or less: $23.
    • 14 ft. 1 in. to 17 ft. 11 in.: $28.
    • 18 ft.: $33.
    • Over 18 ft.: $33 PLUS $2 for every additional 1 ft. 
  • Original title: $26.
    • Record/release a lien: Additional $10.
  • Registration transfer fee: $8.
  • Duplicate:
    • Registration certificate: $8.
    • Registration decal: $13.
    • Title: $23.
  • HIN inspection fee: $28.
  • Sales tax:
    • State—5% of the purchase price.
    • Local—Varies according to your LA county of residence.

LA Boat Renewals & Replacements

Registrations are valid for 3 years and you should receive a renewal notice from the LDWF 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 via the instructions above.

You can renew your boat's registration:

Replacing a Lost Registration

Lost vessel titles and registrations must be reported to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries within 15 days of losing/damaging the certificate. You can request duplicates by submitting:

Mail the above to:

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 14796
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Boater Qualifications in Louisiana

If you were born after January 1, 1984, you'll need to obtain a boater education certificate to operate a motorized boat with over 10 horsepower unsupervised. Otherwise, you must be supervised by someone who's 18 years old or older and has completed the course OR someone who's exempt from the education requirement. You must be at least 10 years old to take a boater education course for certification. You may take the boater education course at any age, however.

Additionally, it's unlawful for anyone under 16 years old to operate a personal watercraft.

You can choose to complete your boater education requirement:

If you still have questions about Louisiana's boating education requirements, call the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at (225) 765-2887 or (225) 765-2898.

Forms

Affidavit for Boat Inspection - REV 2015

Submit this form to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries if your boat required an inspection for registration in Louisiana.

Boat Registration Tax Payment Certification - R-1331

As part of registering your boat in Louisiana, present this form to certify you've paid all required taxes on the vessel.

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