As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced.
In order to replace your plates you must:
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. The application forms for license plates are not available online and can be obtained at your local OMV office. Fill them in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates are divided into the following categories: Veteran, Retired, Korean, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Universities/Colleges, Organization/Service, Special Interests, Louisiana High Schools and Sorority/Fraternity. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Marine Corp, Purple Heart, Retired Army, Korean War Navy, LSU, Antique, Retired Firefighters, Animal Friendly, Child Safety and Beta Sigma Phi. Click Plates/SpecialPlates_display.asp here to view the plates from a scroll down menu. Click Plates/SpecialPlates_display.asp here to view all the Special Interest License Plates available for motorcycles. To access more info on Personalized License Plates, see Personalized Plate Regulations. Application forms can be picked up at one of the select OMV locations which sell Special License Plates. Fill them in and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
You may also print the Request for Personalized License Plate form and mail it in to:
Office of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Special Plate and Title Unit
P.O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA 70896-4886
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for a Fee Calculator. You will be asked to input your license plate number and then select the Special Plate you want to request, finally showing you the final fee.
Under Louisiana Law it is mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. You can either surrender them to your local OMV or dispose of them.