What Does It Take To Be A Louisiana Resident? Becoming A Louisiana Resident!

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Real Estate Agent with Relocating To Baton Rouge & Surrounding Areas

In the 80′s, my family picked up and moved from Natchitoches, Louisiana (where I was born) to Mississippi. Growing up in Mississippi, I always felt as if something were missing….and that something was Louisiana. Eventually, it was time for me to go to college so I packed my things, headed toward Baton Rouge and never looked back…I’ve been here ever since. When I relocated to Baton Rouge, my primary concern was how to go about being a resident of Louisiana. I assumed it would be a long, dreadful process but then I learned that if you are in Louisiana and you plan on having a permanent residence here, you are a resident. Wow, that was too easy. I think that the college, Louisiana State University, looks at residency a little different so if you are a student… this is something you will want to check into. So, if you have a permanent roof over your head in Louisiana…congrats- you are a Louisiana resident!

Technically, becoming a resident does not mean you have to do anything fabulous but we all know that moving to another state requires a little bit of leg work. In addition to finding a new home, making the move, setting up utilities…there are a few other things that will need to be on your “To Do” list. They are:

 

1. Getting a Louisiana Driver’s License & Register Your Vehicle
2. Register to vote
3. Get auto insurance


Technically, becoming a resident does not mean you have to do anything fabulous but we all know that moving to another state requires a little bit of leg work. In addition to finding a new home, making the move, setting up utilities…there are a few other things that will need to be on your “To Do” list. They are:

 

1. Getting a Louisiana Driver’s License and Register Your Vehicle
2. Register to vote
3. Get auto insurance

 

 

1. Getting Your Louisiana Driver’s License

A. You must apply for a Louisiana driver’s license
within in 30 days after becoming a resident.

B. You must turn in your previous out-of-state
driver’s license.

C. You must fill out an application.

D. You must pass an eye-screening test.

E. Bring the following items with you to the DMV:
1) Copy of your birth certificate
2) Out-of-state driver’s license
3) Social Security Number

F. Your Louisiana driver’s license will be good
for 4 years and will expire on your birthday.

G. If your out-of-state driver’s license expired
less than 2 years ago, you will have to pass the
written exam and eye test.

 

The following links below contain important information
in regards to obtaining a Louisiana Driver’s License,
Vehicle Registration, Louisiana Requirements,
etc:

Baton Rouge Department of Motor Vehicles Express Lane
Baton Rouge Vehicle Registration Information
Louisiana Vehicle Requirements, Inspections & Laws
Louisiana Driver’s License Transfer Information

 

2. Registering To Vote in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A. Click here to register to vote in Louisiana online.
B.  Click here for Louisiana voter registration information.
C.  Click here for Louisiana’s voter portal.
D.  Click here to contact your Louisiana Registrar of Voters.
E.  Click here for info regarding Louisiana’s political parties.

 

3.  Mandatory Louisiana Auto Insurance

A. Louisiana Law Requires Auto Insurance
Resident drivers throughout Louisiana State, whether
in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette,
Lake Charles, or somewhere in between, to have an
auto insurance liability policy with at least the minimum
required limits.

B. Liability Coverage in Louisiana (mandatory):
$10,000 per person, for bodily injury,
$20,000 per accident, for bodily injury, and
$10,000 per accident, for damage to another’s property, usually their car.

C. If you’re stopped by a Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer
You must present a Louisiana Evidence of Insurance card showing that the car is insured. Your Louisiana car insurance company must
provide you with this card when they issue or renew your car
insurance liability policy, or any time you request it.

D. Failing to Provide Proof of Insurance:
Motorists who fail to provide proof of insurance can have their
cars immediately impounded or have their license plates removed
and a yellow sticker affixed to the back windshield of the car. The
motorist is then given three days to provide proof of insurance to
the Office of Motor Vehicles. After three days, if the motorist
is stopped again, the officer can impound his or her automobile until
proof of insurance is given and all towing and reinstatement fees are
paid. The fines range from $75 to $100 on the first conviction, $100
to $250 on the second conviction and up to $700 on each conviction after that.

E. The Louisiana Department of Insurance (DOI) recommends the following:
1. Always shop around for the coverage that is right for you.
2. Never buy the first policy you hear about.
3. Get several quotes before you sign any documents or pay anything.
4. Be on the look-out for scammers! Only buy from authorized companies.
5. Never stop shopping, companies are always changing their rates!

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