Louisiana License Plate Information Summary
When you register a new vehicle in person at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), you will also get your new Louisiana license plates. You have the ability to transfer your old plates to your new vehicle. If you are selling a truck or trailer, you have the option to transfer the plates to the new owner.
Louisiana License Plates Offered
Louisiana offers standard plates, vanity plates, military plates, and college-oriented plates.
Your vehicle will also get a sticker that will show when it needs to be renewed. This must be attached to your Louisiana license plate.
You can get temporary Louisiana license plates from the dealer that sold you the vehicle, or from your finance or title company. These can only be used until you get your actual Louisiana license plates.
In general, if you buy from a dealership, they will handle the registration and license plate issue for you.
When You Need To Get Louisiana License Plates
You need to get Louisiana license plates if you live in the state and buy a vehicle, or when you move to the state.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Every two years in Louisiana, you have to renew your registration and your license plates. You can do so in person, by mail, or online. Then they'll send you a new sticker that you can place on your license plate to show that you are up to date.
If Your Louisiana License Plates Are Stolen
Should your Louisiana license plates be stolen, you will have to write out and sign an affidavit saying what happened. You do not need to file a police report. If they are simply damaged, you don't need to do this.
You will be charged $10 for the plate, plus $8 as a transaction fee. You will then be charged another $10 for the sticker, and an additional $8 transaction fee.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You need to surrender your Louisiana license plates if you cancel your insurance. When you surrender them, you will also have to provide a copy of your registration.
You can fill out a form at the OMV to transfer your license plates from your old vehicle to your new vehicle.
Louisiana License Plate Costs
The price of license plates varies, depending on multiple factors including the type and age of the vehicle. Contact your local OMV to find out what your costs will be.