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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICE OF MOTOR VEHICLES
Section:IV Motor Vehicle Registration RequirementsEffective: 05/01/1986
Number:50.00Revised: 10/05/2010

TAX / REGISTRATION EXEMPTION FOR
MILITARY PERSONNEL / NONRESIDENT STUDENTS


POLICY:

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

AUTHORITY
R.S. 47:502.2
R.S. 47:305.48
R.S. 47:511
US Code Title 50 Section 574

DEFINITION
Louisiana law exempts active duty military personnel and/or spouses and full time non-resident college students from registration under certain conditions. The law also exempts active duty military personnel who register vehicles in Louisiana from payment of sales tax in certain circumstances. This exemption from tax is limited to vehicles registered to active duty military personnel only. This DOES NOT exempt vehicles titled in the name of a spouse of military personnel. Vehicles titled to a spouse will only receive out of state tax credit as outlined in Policy 48 Section IV.

REQUIREMENTS
Louisiana law provides that any member or spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty or a non-resident full-time college or university student may operate a vehicle without securing a Louisiana registration after satisfying the following requirements:
  • The license plate displayed on the vehicle is a valid plate issued by the foreign jurisdiction.
  • The foreign vehicle registration and license plate are current and issued to the active member or spouse of the active duty member.
  • In the case of a college or university student, the vehicle must be registered in their name or the name of a parent or legal guardian for insurance purposes.
  • The owner or driver has in effect one of the forms of financial responsibility specified in R.S. 32:861.

This applies to all vehicles, EXCEPT any commercial vehicle used in any business manner wherein compensation is received.
  • This exemption does not apply to leased vehicles.
  • If a leased vehicle is brought into Louisiana for use, the lessor is required to register the vehicle. See Section IV, Policy/Procedure Statement #49.0 for leased vehicles.

TAX CREDIT TO MILITARY PERSONNEL
Active duty military personnel entering the State of Louisiana may title and register their vehicle without the payment of any use taxes (either state or parish), providing a sales tax was collected at the time the vehicle was purchased in another state.

This provision applies whether or not a reciprocal agreement with that state exists.
  • Proof of payment of sales tax must be submitted.
  • If documentation, such as a copy of an out-of-state invoice, bill of sale, act of donation, etc., is submitted which indicates an even trade or donation was processed in the applicant's name in another state, sales tax will not be due.

Only titling, plate, and handling fees are to be collected.
  • The applicant may present an active military ID card or a statement from the commanding officer to show that they are an active duty member in the Armed Forces.
  • It is no longer necessary to obtain a photocopy of the military ID card; however, a notation must be made in the file that it was presented for identification.
  • These provisions are also covered under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940.

The individual must be on active duty at the time of registration. If the individual subsequently becomes inactive before the vehicle is properly registered, taxes will be due.

This exemption from tax is limited to vehicles registered to active duty military personnel only.
  • This DOES NOT exempt vehicles titled in the name of a spouse of military personnel.
  • Vehicles titled to a spouse will only receive out of state tax credit as outlined in Policy 48 Section IV.

Louisiana residents who are active duty members of the Armed Forces stationed outside Louisiana and who wish to register their vehicles here will also be given tax credit as outlined above.

Sales tax will be due on newly purchased vehicles that are being titled and licensed in the applicant's name for the first time and on which no sales tax has been paid.

SOLD OR TRADED VEHICLE
If a vehicle is sold or traded to a Louisiana resident by a person in the military who has maintained his out-of-state title and registration, the military person will not be required to title the vehicle in Louisiana prior to the sale or trade. Proof of military status must be provided at the time of sale.

Trade-in credit can only be allowed if the vehicle is registered in Louisiana. The vehicle being traded can be registered with the collection of the title and handling fee only, provided the above mentioned criteria is met.

RELATED POLICIES
Section IV
48.00 Out of State Transfers and Tax Reciprocity Agreement


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