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I just moved to Louisiana and I have a TX driver's license and plates but LA insurance. How much is it gonna cost for me to register my car for Louisiana?


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You will need to contact your local Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS) to find out exactly how much your registration fees will be to transfer your title and registration and plates from Texas over to Louisiana.

The LA DPS site states that use tax is due on all vehicles imported for use in this state when first registered in Louisiana. This tax is based on the book value of the vehicle. Credit can be given for up to 4% for tax paid in another state providing it is a state with which Louisiana has a reciprocal agreement. The DPS must have proof of this tax for certain states.

The DPS again reiterates that upon moving to Louisiana new residents must register their vehicles immediately and are subject to the payment of a use tax based on the fair market value. A maximum of 4% credit may be allowed for a similar tax paid in another state against taxes due in Louisiana provided Louisiana has a reciprocal agreement with that state. Proof of payment of tax may be required.

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The Louisiana Department of Public Safety has a list of vehicle registration, title and plates fees on their site so you can see how much it will cost when you register your car in your new state of residence. Their site also lists what steps you need to take to register your car and get your driver's license in LA.

Keep in mind as a new Louisiana resident, you are required to transfer your out-of-state driver's license to Louisiana within 30 days. You must appear in person at a local Office of Motor Vehicles to apply for a Louisiana driver's license. Persons transferring valid, non-commercial, out-of-state licenses (as exemplified in Louisiana's Class E and D) will NOT be required to take any examination other than the vision test. You will be issued a Louisiana license that is equivalent to the one you are surrendering from out of state.

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