ABC Title (citywide; www.abcttl.com) has operated on the West Bank since 1991 and has expanded to six offices, with three in the New Orleans metro area.
Rob Schmidt is the franchise owner of the Old Jefferson, Gentilly and Uptown locations.
"ABC Title is a full-service notary and public tag office, delivering DMV services [in] a personal, no-hassle environment," Schmidt says. "Interfaced with Louisiana DMV computers, our staff has full access to DMV records, allowing you to be 'road ready' in record time."
For car owners in Louisiana, being road-ready means having a valid driver's license, current registration, insurance and a safety inspection sticker, or brake tag. ABC Title locations provide services that allow drivers to handle multiple tasks in one location and in less time — no more than 30 minutes. The time varies depending on the service.
"A driver's license renewal might take 5-10 minutes," Schmidt says. "A simple title transfer could take 20 minutes if everything is in order. It's always good to call to make sure you bring what we need."
Services range from license renewal, replacement and reinstatements to vehicle sales and donations, title transfers and state-to-state transfers, as well as vehicle registration and renewal, releasing liens on titles, license plate renewal, specialty plates and plate transfers.
ABC Title issues Louisiana state IDs and mobility-impaired placards, license plates and plates and tags for disabled veterans.
The business is a general notary that can handle powers of attorney, provisional custody agreements and affidavits. "ABC Title notaries can notarize just about anything you might bring in," Schmidt says. "Just make sure you bring your valid ID with you."
Fees for services vary.
"Express DMVs, like my three locations, may only charge an $18 convenience fee for a license or registration renewal, but that could save you from taking a half day off work going to the DMV and waiting," Schmidt says. "Don't forget that auto title transactions are required to be notarized, so when going to ABC Title you're saving two trips, one to see a notary and another to the DMV."