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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICE OF MOTOR VEHICLES
Section:IV Motor Vehicle Registration RequirementsEffective: 05/01/1986
Number:52.00Revised: 05/30/2014

ACT OF DONATION
To view Louisiana Statutes: http://www.legis.state.la.us/

AUTHORITY
CIVIL CODE 1550
LA Department of Revenue

DEFINITION OF DONATION
A donation is an authentic act executed before a notary in the presence of two witnesses transferring the ownership of a vehicle with no monetary exchange.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Current certificate of title assigned before a notary by donor to donee. If a lien is recorded on the title, it must be properly released.
  • Authentic act of donation. A sample form is attached.
  • If the vehicle is less than ten (10) years old and the back of the title does not contain an odometer disclosure statement, a supplemental odometer statement must be submitted.
  • Vehicle Application (DPSMV 1799)
  • Fees - title fee, handling fee, license plate/transfer fee, lien recordation fee (if applicable).
  • Proof of current liability insurance coverage if a license plate is issued.

NOTES:
Sales/use tax is due on the following transaction:
  • outstanding principal when assuming a mortgage unless being assumed by a spouse
Sales/use tax is not due on the following transactions:
  • transfer by an affidavit of heirship
  • transfer by a divorce decree
  • transfer by a judgment of possession

ActDonation.pdf

RELATED POLICIES
SECTION IV 2.00 Basic Requirements for Obtaining a Certificate of Title
37.00 Transfer of Equity or Sale with Assumption of Mortgage or Security Agreement
47.00 Sales Tax on Vehicle Transfers
74.00 Property Settlements