To register to vote in Lafayette Parish, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, mentally sound, and under no order of imprisonment for the conviction of a felony. You can apply in person at the Registrar’s office: Parish Government Building, 1010 Lafayette St.
Helpful Community Information:
• An out-of-state driver’s license is valid for 30 days after establishing residency in Louisiana.
• The regional Office of Motor Vehicles is located at 3241 N.W. Evangeline Thruway.
• To register your vehicle, go to the OMV no more than 30 days after moving to Louisiana.
• Inspection stickers are due immediately upon changing your vehicle title and are available at any Louisiana Vehicle Inspection station. You will be asked to present a Louisiana driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, license plate, and proof of liability insurance. The inspection cost is $10.
• There is an eight percent sales tax in the City of Lafayette. This includes a four percent Louisiana state sales tax, two percent Lafayette Parish School System tax, and two percent city tax.
• Certain exemptions apply. The Lafayette Parish School Board is the collection agency for all taxing bodies in this parish. For more information, call (337) 232-3912.
• Louisiana state income tax is based on a percentage of federal income tax liability. The deadline for state filing is May 15. For more information, call the Department of Revenue and Taxation at (337) 262-5455.
• Property taxes in Lafayette Parish are applied at a parish and a municipal level. The cities of Carencro, Duson, Lafayette, Scott, and Youngsville collect property tax.
• All residential and commercial land in Lafayette Parish is assessed at 10 percent of fair market value. Residential buildings are assessed at 10 percent and commercial buildings at 15 percent of market value. Commercial movable property is also assessed at 15 percent. There is a homestead exemption on the first $75,000 of residential property value.
• Lafayette addresses are assigned to you by the Department of Planning, Zoning and Codes. For information, call (337) 291-8000. Locations in a rural area, require a mailbox. For mailbox installation requirements, contact the U.S. Post Office at (337) 269-4800.