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Using a Power of Attorney To Transfer a Vehicle

Hello groupies/friends/fans/customers. Today I would like to briefly talk about using a Power of Attorney (POA) when you are transferring a vehicle to someone in Louisiana. Many of you are probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about. Don’t worry, we’ll cover this topic well enough.

Before we do though, I need to plug myself and my incredible services that I practically give away. My name is George Tull. I am a mobile notary public in Baton Rouge.  I am available 24/7 (as long as I’m not sleeping, playing a video game, or studying the corners of my walls). I can travel anywhere in the Baton Rouge area. I can meet you at your hospital, business, home, strip club, or wherever you want. Some people (cheap bastards) say I cost too much, but my notary rates are really too cheap if you ask me. Call me right now at 225-907-5280.

/plug

notary sealBack on topic, a potential customer called me today about doing an Act of Donation on a vehicle. His father (let’s call him Chris) was wanting to give the car away to a relative (let’s call her Sue). The dad lives in a hospice facility in Baton Rouge. The man that called me (we’ll call him Bob) was the agent in the Power of Attorney.

Bob’s question to me was, “George, since you are a notarizing machine, can I donate Chris’ car to Sue using the POA that I previously had made or Chris?”

My answer to Bob was, “Sure Bob. But you had better leave the details to me, your notary idol!”

This is actually a fairly tricky subject. I don’t want to go into every conceivable issue here, but let’s at least chat about a few obstacles and things to think about:

1- Since Chris had previously executed a general/durable power of attorney naming Bob as his agent, this POA was not a simple one page car power of attorney. It was a broad spectrum POA that covers many issues and powers, transferring a vehicle being just one of those.

2- Yes, the POA granted Bob the power to donate his vehicle to someone. But… the Louisiana OMV won’t take just a normal copy of the POA. The OMV/DMV wants an original or certified copy of the original. That original/certified copy must be attached to the title and the Act of Donation form when Sue turns in her paperwork to register the car.

3- We have to be careful when signing both the Act of Donation and the back of the Louisiana title. The last thing we want to end up with is a dirty car title that the OMV will reject. I’m too tired to go over all of those details here, but just remember that we need to be careful when signing as an agent.

To sum this post up, yes you can use a Power of Attorney to transfer a vehicle that is titled in Louisiana. Just remember that the POA must grant this power to the agent, the OMV will want an original/certified copy of the POA, and we have a certain way that the AOD and the POA has to be signed.

Peace out my friends!

 

Clean DMV Title Pretty Please!

Hello friends. I want to talk a bit about making sure that you get a clean DMV title. What is a “clean title”? Why do we want one? What is a dirty title? Why is being dirty so bad? We’ll get there soon enough.

Before I go to far, I need to plug myself. This is George Tull, the best Baton Rouge Notary Public that has ever existed since the birth of Jesus Christ himself. If you want a notary that will travel to you in the Baton Rouge area, do what God himself does and call me at 225-907-5280. A-Men!

Now then, let’s rant a bit about this dirty/clean DMV title for a bit, shall we?

I guess we should start with the basics. In Louisiana a title is issued by the DMV (we actually call it the OMV for some weird reason), and the title is in the form of a double sided paper. The title is what controls the ownership of the titled movable (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.).

clean Louisiana car titleOn the front of the Louisiana title it lists a lot of information about the vehicle. It will list the VIN, make, model, any liens, yada yada. Most importantly for us, it also lists the registered owner. In other words, the Louisiana car title works as a form of proof for who owns the vehicle. Makes sense? Great!

Now let’s talk about the back of the title. On the back of the title there are a bunch of slots for transferring the title/ownership of the movable. In a perfect world, we want the back of the title to be empty. This is called a CLEAN TITLE! It’s a thing of beauty, and every notary with at least two brain cells wants to see this blank/clean title when you visit them.

When you buy a vehicle, you and the seller can visit the notary with the title and your drivers licenses in hand so that he can transfer the vehicle/title to you on a beautiful clean title. Does that make sense? No? Oh brother, keep reading please.

Now let’s talk about a dirty auto title a bit. Let’s say that you are buying a movable and that the person selling it to you is John. You and John get to the notary and the notary spits on you because the front of the title shows that Mary owns the car. He flips the title over and sees that the vehicle was sold 5 years ago from Mary to Chris. Three years ago Chris sold it to Sam. And a year ago your seller John bought it from Sam.

Let’s make it even worse and say that none of those previous transfers were notarized. Even worse yet, previous buyers and sellers wrote the wrong things in the wrong spots.

What do you have in the situation? A freaking dirty title! No wonder your normally friendly notary spit on you!!!!

Let’s get down to the heart of the matter ok? If you are buying a vehicle and see that there is not a clean title because the back of it shows that multiple people have owned it but never registered it with the OMV, you are asking for trouble! Sure, there are things that can be fixed. Sure, sometimes everything will turn out fine. But in general, be very weary!

In summary, buy vehicles with clean titles. Run away from shady car lots on Plank Road with dirty titles. Do this and I will love you forever from the bottom of my cold notary heart.

Can I get an A-Men?

Why The Baton Rouge DMV Sucks Monkey Balls

baton rouge dmvIt’s really known as the Louisiana OMV, or Office of Motor Vehicles, but we all call it the DMV. Here are my solid top ten reasons why the DMV in Baton Rouge on Independence sucks monkey balls:

  1. Hours of operation: 8:00 to 4:00. Really? Almost all of us work until 5:00, unless you work for the state that is. Since most tax payers are working until well after the DMV closes, we have to skip work to stand in a line. If you were creating a business model with profits in mind, wouldn’t you be open until at least 8:00 P.M.?
  2. Gangster attitude. Have you ever gone to the DMV, to be greeted with a happy smile and a welcoming handshake? Me neither! Get your chicken neck moves ready if you’re going to the DMV.
  3. Go to the other line. That’s what you will hear after you have been waiting in one line for two hours, only to hear that you need to shuttle over to another line. Don’t think it happens? You must be lucky.
  4. 50 windows, 45 of them closed. It almost reminds you of WalMart doesn’t it? All of these windows where workers are supposed to be helping people, but no workers to man them.
  5. Looks like a prison. Have you ever watched the people around you at the DMV? Does it kind of remind you of the prison population?
  6. Worst photographers ever. Look at your driver’s license. Are you really that ugly in person? Does the DMV hire photographers from the parish prison?
  7. What’s that smell? I have never been to the DMV in Baton Rouge where I am greeted with pleasant, or even neutral, odors. It smells like the funk!
  8. More money! Do you really think that you can just walk in to get your license renewed and simply pay the renewal fee? I doesn’t happen. They will claim that you forgot to pay some ticket or fine in the past. By the time you leave you will be broke.
  9. They’re zombies. State workers have no reason to provide real customer service. They will be paid the same amount, and get the same 60 paid days off a year, regardless of how crappy their service is. They don’t get bonuses, they don’t get rated like you and I, and they flat out don’t care.
  10. Last, but definitely not least, be prepared to waste your entire day. You can’t go to the DMV in Baton Rouge expecting to take care of business in a hurry to return to work. It’s an all day affair. If you are stupid enough to wait until around lunch time to go there, you better pack a tent!

Yep, the Baton Rouge DMV office sucks. Monkey balls even. If you don’t like the taste of moneky balls, here are some less musty places to go to instead:

  • OMV Express on the corner of Perkins and Siegen in Baton Rouge. Just make sure you get there early. Everyone waits until lunch time, and if you do you are screwed.
  • OMV in Port Allen near the court house. Still ghetto, but at least it’s country ghetto, and the lines aren’t bad at all.
  • OMV in Denham Springs. Redneck ghetto, but worth the three wheeler ride.

So what do you think? Do you like monkey balls, or maybe you want to defend the OMV in Baton Rouge because your baby’s daddy works there?

Turn License Plate In?

louisiana license plateIn Louisiana, when you sell a vehicle, what do you do with the license plate?

In the “old days”, you had to bring the license plate to the Office of Motor Vehicles after the sale. You could also mail it to them. Those old school days are over.

The easiest thing to do with the license plate now is to just go online to the OMV website HERE. You will then click on the link that says “Notice of Vehicle Transfer” HERE. Then you fill out all of the information. You will need to know the vehicle plate number, VIN, your driver’s license number, the buyer’s name and address, and the amount of the sale. When you finish it, that’s it. You can just destroy your plate, or mail it in if that makes you feel better.

If you are selling a truck or trailer in Louisiana, you can just let the buyer keep the plate. He can transfer it into his name at the OMV. If you don’t trust the buyer, keep it, otherwise you are doing him a huge favor by letting him transfer it into his name.

To repeat, if you are selling a car, atv, mobile home or motorcycle in Louisiana, you don’t have to wait in line at the OMV to turn the plate in. Just go to the OMV website, report the sale, and destroy the plate. Super easy!

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and need help with the paperwork, give me a call at 225-907-5280.

Louisiana Bill of Sale Fill In The Blank

LOUISIANA BILL OF SALE FILL IN THE BLANK

I just learned how to create a form with Adobe, so I made this Louisiana bill of sale form that is a pdf where you can fill in the blanks with your computer and then print it out. This is really neat to me! I have the sloppiest handwriting, so from now on I can get all of the information from the buyer and seller, plug it into this form on my computer, and bingo I have a nice, typed bill of sale to print out and have signed!

To use the form just click on the link at the top of this post, or here: BILL OF SALE FILL IN THE BLANK . You will then download it and open the file with Adobe. It should come up in Adobe. On all of the highlighted blanks just fill in the information. When you are done, print it out. This is really easy.

This form can be used in Louisiana if you are selling any movable (not a home or real property), but you will likely use it to sell or buy a car, truck, motorcycle, rv, camper, atv, etc.

If you need a notary to notarize it, and you are anywhere near Baton Rouge, feel free to give me a call at 225-907-5280.

Louisiana Car Donation

louisiana act of donation of a movableIn Louisiana, the way that you donate a car (or any titled vehicle or movable) is with an Act of Donation of a Movable and title transfer. I run into a lot of the same questions on this, so let me give some details that may help. Let’s deal with the title transfer first:

Every titled movable such as a car, truck, trailer, etc. in Louisiana has a title (piece of paper) that is issued by the LA Office of Motor Vehicles. The front of the title lists the name of the current owner, the title number, the year the vehicle was made, the make, model, and other information. The back of the title has a space for the vehicle/title to be transferred to a new owner.

If you decide to donate your vehicle, the best thing to do is to go to a notary, along with the new owner, and let the notary public help you fill out the back of the title. The donor and donee will sign the back of it, and the notary will sign it and place his seal on it. In the slot where you list the sales price, you will print “donation”.

As for the Act of Donation, it is a simple form that lists the donor, donee, vehicle information, etc. This form should be signed by both parties and two witnesses, all in front of a notary. You will have to fill out an approximate value of the vehicle, and state the relationship of the parties.

A lot of us want to donate a vehicle because we want to avoid paying taxes on it. With a normal cash sale of a used vehicle, the buyer will pay taxes on the amount paid. Some people try to avoid making that tax payment by calling the transfer a donation. The problem is that unless the donor and donee are immediate family members (such as father/son), the state will consider it a disguised sale. You must be immediate family in Louisiana to donate vehicles between individuals!

If you are immediate family and you want to donate a car, it makes a lot of sense to just bring everything to a notary and let him take care of it. You will need the title and drivers licenses for the donor and donee. Let your notary take care of the rest.

If you need a notary in the Baton Rouge area that can help, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Thank you for reading!

 

Louisiana Boat Trailer Title

louisiana boat trailer titleHere’s a common scenario that I deal with on a regular basis: You buy a boat, motor and trailer from an individual seller. The seller has all of the paperwork on the boat and motor, but he doesn’t have the title for the trailer. The sale is taking place in Louisiana.

Warning! In Louisiana, you have to have a title for the trailer. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) will register the boat for you, but for the trailer you have to deal with the nice (not!) folks at the LA Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). When you try to get a new license plate for the trailer, so you can drive your boat to the water, you are in for a shock if you don’t get the title. Simply put, you’re sol without the trailer title.

Louisiana is a trailer title state. While some states don’t require a title for the trailer, ours does. It’s possible that you can deal with the state police and show them that it’s a homemade trailer. It’s also possible that you can show them a manufacturer’s certificate of origin. It’s certainly possible to fix the situation, but it can be an absolute nightmare!

Here is my best advice: If you really want to buy the package from the seller, and he does not have a title for the trailer, both of you need to go to the DWF. Explain the situation and see what they have to say. You may end up going to the state police as well. The point is, don’t give the seller a penny until you personally know for a fact that the title issue can be overcome!

I used to advise people on how to handle this myself, but the rules are just too much of a mess for me. You will never resolve a missing boat title issue until you deal with the DWF and OMV yourself. Remember, buyer beware! Trust me, you don’t want to end up with a trailer that you can’t get a plate for.

If you are buying a boat/motor/trailer package from an individual in the Baton Rouge area, and you need a notary that will travel to you 24/7, give me a call at 225-907-5280. If you have a valid title, I can take care of the rest.

Thank you for reading!

Do I Need A Bill of Sale?

louisiana bill of sale formI hear this question a lot: If I am buying a vehicle from an individual, do I need a bill of sale in Louisiana? The answer is a bit tricky.

If you are buying a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, trailer, rv, etc.) from an individual, you do not need a bill of sale to transfer the vehicle into your name at the OMV. This is assuming that the notarized title contains the dollar amount of the sale and the vehicle’s mileage. If the notarized title that transfers the vehicle does not contain either the amount that you paid for it or the vehicle’s mileage, you do need a bill of sale.

If you are buying a vehicle from a dealer, I would always require the dealer to provide me with a bill of sale. All reputable dealers will, without you having to ask for one.

So if a bill of sale is not required, why do I recommend that you always get one, even if you are buying an automobile from an individual? A properly executed bill of sale that is notarized is a valid, written contract between the parties. If anything goes wrong, and it sometimes does, this will be your one solid piece of evidence showing that funds were exchanged in the deal. Without it, the only proof of the sell may be your word, and that will not get you very far.

If I was called to help with the auto transfer paperwork, I would provide an original bill of sale for the buyer and seller, along with a properly transferred title. This gives both parties proof of the transfer, and the buyer has what he needs to register the vehicle.

If you need a mobile notary in the Baton Rouge area, feel free to call me at 225-907-5280. Thank you for reading!

Buying A Car Without A Title

louisiana auto titleThis is one of the most common questions I get asked: Should I buy a car without a title? The answer is almost always: No!!

In Louisiana, the way that you prove that you own a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, RV, trailer, etc.) is with the title. When you register a vehicle, the Office of Motor Vehicles issues a title with your name on the front of it. If there are any liens against the vehicle, that is also stated on the front of the title. The title clearly states the year, make, model and VIN of the automobile as well. If you have a legitimate auto title with your name on it, you own the vehicle. A bill of ale will help you prove that you paid for it, but the title is controlling as far as the OMV is concerned.

When you sell a car, you transfer the title to the buyer. The smartest way to do that is to go to a notary (like me). Both the buyer and the seller will sign the back of the title in front of the notary. The notary will help you fill out the back of it to show who the new owner is, how much you paid for it, and the mileage of the vehicle. The notary will also sign it, after you show proper id, and he will place his seal on it.

The new owner/buyer of the vehicle will take the properly transferred title to the OMV. He will then pay his taxes and registration, after showing both the title and proof of insurance. The OMV will issue a new title that will be mailed to the buyer, and they will also mail a new registration to you. You will receive a new license plate at the OMV.

Here’s the problem with trying to complete this without a title- how are you going to prove anything at the OMV? They will not allow you to register the vehicle without a title. You won’t be able to do anything at all at the OMV unless you have a properly transferred title. Nothing!

If the seller does not have a title with his name on the front of it, walk away! Better yet, run! I’ve heard all of the excuses. Some sellers claim that the title was lost. If that’s the case, it’s easy to get a duplicate title. Some sellers claim that the bank has the title. If that’s the case, go to the bank with the seller. Some sellers claim that they will bring the title to the buyer the next day.

If the seller does not have the title in his possession, do not hand them your money!

If you are buying a used car from a reputable car lot, that’s another story. Many of them will actually have to wait for the title to come in from the bank. They should give you a temporary plate to use until the title arrives. If it is a well known car dealership that is running their business above the board, that’s fine.

The used car dealerships that concern me are the ones that I call “ghetto lots”. If you drive around certain areas in Baton Rouge, you know which ones I’, talking about. They may take your money, promise to deliver the title to you in a few weeks, and then never follow through. It happens all of the time. You will never be able to safely drive that car on the streets because the lying ghetto dealer never gets the title to you. Just recently a dealer went to jail over this very issue in Baton Rouge.

To sum all of his up, do not buy a vehicle from an individual in Louisiana unless they have a clean title that shows their name on the front of it, and the vehicle information on the title matches the vehicle that you are buying. If you are dealing with a used car lot, it’s usually fine to wait on the title, unless they are of the scummy variety. In other words, buyer beware!

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and are looking for a notary in Baton Rouge that can travel directly to you, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Thank you for visiting!