§783. Used Motor Vehicle Commission; appointment and qualification; terms of office;
powers and duties
A. There is hereby created the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission within
the office of the governor to be composed of ten members all appointed by the governor with
the confirmation of the Senate. Five members shall be licensed used motor vehicle dealers,
one selected from each public service commission district. One member shall be a licensed
automotive dismantler or parts recycler, three members shall be consumers selected from the
state at large, and one member shall be a person licensed to conduct used motor vehicle
auctions or salvage pool auctions. The chairman shall be designated by the governor.
B.(1) The terms of the chairman and commissioners shall be coterminous with that
of the governor making the appointment and until his successor is appointed and is qualified.
The term of office of any member shall automatically expire if the member moves out of the
public service commission district from which he was appointed. In the event of death,
resignation, removal, or automatic expiration of term of any person serving on the
commission, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term in the manner
of original appointment.
(2) The commission shall meet at Baton Rouge and complete its organization
immediately after the entire membership has been appointed and qualified.
(3) The chairman and each member of the commission shall take and subscribe to
the oath of office required of public officers.
C.(1) The chairman and members of the commission shall receive seventy-five
dollars for each and every day actually and necessarily spent in attending the meetings of the
commission, including any commission committee meetings, and shall be reimbursed for
subsistence and traveling expenses incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder as
provided by the commissioner of the division of administration.
(2) Such meeting payments shall not exceed the sum of eighteen hundred dollars per
annum to any one person.
D.(1) The commission shall appoint a qualified person to serve as executive director
who shall have had sufficient management and organizational experience in the automotive
industry to direct the functions of the commission. The commission shall fix his salary and
shall define and prescribe his duties.
(2) The executive director shall be in charge of the commission's office and shall
devote such time as necessary to fulfill the duties thereof, and before entering upon his duties
he shall take and subscribe to the oath of office.
(3) The commission may employ such clerical, technical, legal, and other help and
incur such expenses as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties under this
(4) The commission shall maintain its office and transact its business in Baton Rouge
and is authorized to adopt and use a seal.
E.(1) The commission is hereby vested with the powers and duties necessary and
proper to enable it to fully and effectively carry out and enforce the provisions and objectives
of this Chapter and is hereby authorized and empowered to make and enforce all reasonable
rules and regulations and to adopt and prescribe all forms necessary to accomplish said
purpose. The enumeration of any power or authority herein shall not be construed to deny,
impair, disparage, or limit any others necessary to the attainment thereof. All rules and
regulations shall be adopted in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative
Procedure Act. Oversight review shall be conducted by the House Committee on Commerce
and the Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.
(2) The commission shall have the full power and authority to purchase, acquire,
develop, expand, sell, lease, maintain, mortgage, borrow funds, or otherwise contract with
respect to immovable property and improvements thereon as it may deem necessary or
appropriate to accomplish the provisions of this Chapter. Additionally, the commission shall
have the authority to borrow funds with the approval of the State Bond Commission and to
expend funds of the commission for the acquisition of immovable property and
improvements thereon. In the event that the commission sells immovable property and
improvements thereon, the revenue derived from the sale shall be retained by the commission
and shall not be subject to reversion to the state general fund.
F. The commission's powers and duties shall include but are not limited to the
(1) Licensing used motor vehicle dealers and salespersons, motor vehicle crushers,
dealers of used parts and accessories, and dismantlers and parts recyclers.
(2) Inspecting used motor vehicle dealers, motor vehicle crushers, dealers of used
parts and accessories locations, and dismantlers and parts recyclers locations to ensure that
they are in an approved location, meet local zoning or other municipal requirements, and
have sufficient facilities which shall include but not be limited to a business sign, a listed and
usable telephone number, and a sales office.
(3) Requiring all dealer sales to have a condition of sale, such as warranty disclaimer,
implied or written warranty, or a service contract. If a sale of a used motor vehicle is "as-is"
and with a waiver of all warranties, the bill of sale shall include a notice which clearly and
unambiguously states that the terms of the sale are "as-is" and with a waiver of all warranties,
including any claim for redhibition or reduction of or return of the purchase price. The
customer shall acknowledge the terms of the sale. An acknowledgment of the terms of the
sale via acceptance of an electronic notice at any time prior to or as part of the transaction
shall constitute compliance with this Section. If a used motor vehicle dealer complies with
the provisions of the Section, the purchaser shall not be entitled to a return of the purchase
price, a reduction in the purchase price, or a repair of the vehicle without payment of the cost
of the repair.
(4) Working with consumers and dealers to hear complaints on used vehicles and
parts and to establish a Used Car Consumer Action Panel to hear complaints on a condition
of sale, implied and written warranties, and service complaints.
(5) Requiring all dismantlers, motor vehicle crushers, dealers of used parts and
accessories, recyclers, and dealers to maintain their records for a period of three years and
to keep their records, vehicles, and places of business open to inspection by any peace officer
or agent of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections or of the commission during
reasonable hours. Such records shall include bills of sale, financing or mortgage records, and
monthly sales reports.
(6) Holding and conducting hearings on violations of this Chapter, mandatory
repurchase disputes, imposing civil penalties, cease and desist orders, and revocation or
suspension of licenses.
(7) Repealed by Acts 2009, No. 403, §2, effective July 7, 2009.
(8)(a) Taking possession of certificates of title and further distributing those titles
to the rightful owners pursuant to R.S. 32:705 from:
(i) A used motor vehicle dealer who has failed or refused to provide a certificate of
title to his customer or to the rightful owners pursuant to R.S. 32:705.
(ii) A floor plan financier or other similar holder of a security interest relative to a
used motor vehicle who has failed or refused to provide a certificate of title to a bona fide
retail purchaser in actual good faith in accordance with R.S. 32:710(D).
(b)(i) The executive director of the commission is empowered to take any and all
actions necessary to obtain and deliver a certificate of title to a retail purchaser in actual good
faith including instituting or participating in any legal action to obtain a certificate of title and
endorsing a certificate of title on behalf of any used motor vehicle dealer who either refuses
or is unavailable to sign or endorse the certificate of title.
(ii) If the commission institutes or participates in legal action to obtain a certificate
of title for delivery to a retail purchaser in actual good faith, the commission is entitled to an
award of reasonable attorney fees and court costs to be paid by the individual or entity
responsible for delivery of the certificate of title.
(9) Issuing, serving, and enforcing a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum pursuant to
any hearing or lawful investigation into the suspected misconduct of any licensee.
(10) Repealed by Acts 2009, No. 403, §2, effective July 7, 2009.
G. All fees and charges under the provisions of this Chapter shall be collected and
received by the executive director of the commission and shall be disbursed by him at the
direction of the commission in administering and enforcing the provisions of this Chapter.
H. Repealed by Acts 2012, No. 834, §13, eff. July 1, 2012.
I. The commission shall, in addition to the powers herein conferred, be constituted
a body politic or political corporation, invested with the powers inherent in corporations. It
may sue and be sued under the style of the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission, and
all process against the corporation shall be served on the chairman or executive director, and
all suits on behalf of the commission shall be brought by the chairman or his designee. The
domicile for the purpose of being sued shall be in East Baton Rouge Parish. Service of
process shall be made upon the chairman or upon the executive director of the commission
in person. No member of the board shall be held liable as an individual in any suit against
Acts 2006, No. 440, §1; Acts 2007, No. 446, §1; Acts 2009, No. 403, §§1, 2, eff. July
7, 2009; Acts 2010, No. 987, §1; Acts 2012, No. 834, §§5, 13, eff. July 1, 2012; Acts 2016,
No. 288, §1.