Boat Registration Process
Any boat or jet ski used in Louisiana waters must be registered with the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWF). Louisiana boat dealers must collect state and local taxes on the price of the jet ski, boat, motor, and accessories. An invoice or bill of sale showing state and local taxes as part of the total price, must be provided on purchases from a dealer. The LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries requires an original Boat Registration Tax Payment Certification (R-1331), an original Boat Registration/Boat and Motor Title Application, and the sales invoice and/or notarized bill of sale.
Jefferson Parish residents should contact the office of The Bureau of Revenue and Taxation to determine if any state and/or local taxes are due on a particular watercraft acquisition. Please review the instructions below applicable to your specific type of transaction. Please forward all required documentation to the Bureau of Revenue and Taxation via email BoatTax@jpso.com or fax (504-376-2469). Please provide a contact name and telephone number should we have questions or require additional information. Our staff will review the documentation and calculate the correct amount of state and local sales tax due, if any. Once the proper tax due is calculated, if any, you will be notified. Any tax due is payable at our office located in the Jefferson Parish General Government Building, 200 Derbigny Street, Suite 1200 in Gretna. All necessary executed documents will be provided upon completion of this process.
If payment of taxes are not evident on the documentation provided, additional information may be required to verify payment of sales taxes.
Although we can accept payment of LA State sales taxes, a separate check must be made payable to the LA Department of Revenue. You may pay any Jefferson Parish sales tax due with cash, check, or credit card. The Bureau of Revenue and Taxation accepts, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. A 2.49% convenience charge is imposed on all card payments.
Please call (504) 376-2459 should you have any questions.
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