How do I obtain a salvage title in Louisiana? Louisiana

When a vehicle becomes damaged to the degree that it would cost more to repair the vehicle than what it is worth, it is considered a salvage vehicle. Once an insurance company has deemed your vehicle a salvage vehicle, you must apply for a salvage title within 30 days.

Required Documents and Fees for Salvage Titles

In order to obtain a salvage title, submit the following to an Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) branch (the same place where you'd handle vehicle registration):

  • Completed vehicle application form.
  • Current title or statement of origin from the manufacturer.
  • Statement of loss from your insurance company.
  • UCC-1 financing statement or security agreement, in the case of a lien.
  • Notarized authorization from the insurance company for vehicle parts to be salvaged or rebuilt.
  • Completed Disclosure of Salvage Vehicle form.
  • $18.50 title fee.
  • $8 handling fee.
  • $15 lien recording fee, in the case of a lien.
The handling fee may vary, depending on branch location. The vehicle application and title must be clearly marked “Salvage Title.” A bill of sale is not required for a salvage title.

Thinking of Buying a Rebuilt Auto?

When you use salvaged parts to build or repair another car, that car is considered a "rebuilt auto." Prior to purchasing used cars, consider obtaining a vehicle history report (VHR).

You can obtain a VHR online, courtesy of many independent companies that specialize in providing vehicle history information. You can also request a vehicle history report from the OMV:

Louisiana OMV
P.O. Box 64866
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 925-6146

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