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New Boat-Titling Law in Effect

For Immediate Release
Baton Rouge, LA-September 16, 2009

On August 25, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began accepting applications for boat applications. It's a new service for anyone wishing to acquire official proof of ownership of a vessel that is not already documented by the U.S. Coast Guard.

While it sounds voluntary, there are a few folks who have no choice but to submit an application. For instance, anyone registering a new or previously-owned boat valued at $2,500 or greater financed through a lending institution, is required to obtain a title.

Titling a vessel through the new process, however, is optional for people who already own their boat or have already paid off a loan connected to the vessel. Additionally, if the owner has already registered the boat with the state previously under the old process, there's no need to do it again.

The new certificate of title costs $26 and can be obtained by mailing in an application form or applying in person at the LDWF office off Perkins Road. The application form is also available at wlf.louisiana.gov .


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