Maine Car Title Transfer and Registration

Vehicle registration must be completed with the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)  in order to legally drive on ME roadways. So what do you need to take with you to complete your transaction the first time? It depends on how you own your automobile (leasing, making payments, or owner with title) and how you want to register (single, joint, business or transfer to family member) your automobile.

New residents to Maine have 30 days from the date they establish residency to register and title their vehicles with the Maine BMV. You may be able to complete your entire Maine vehicle registration at the municipal town office―contact your local office to determine if this is possible.

If you’re applying for disability plates, have your physician sign the Application for Disability Plates/Placard (Form PS-18) before going to the municipal town office.

If your town office does not participate in the vehicle registration program, you will need to visit a BMV Branch Office after paying your vehicle excise tax at the town office.

Vehicle Registration & Title Transfer Process

To register your vehicle, go to your local municipal town office (or BMV branch, if your municipal town office does not register vehicles) with:

  • The vehicle registration certificate from your previous state.
  • The title from the previous state if the vehicle is newer than 1995.
  • The name and address of the lien holder (if applicable) is required on the registration application.
  • White and yellow copies of the registration application from the town office.
  • Excise tax receipt (provided at the town office).
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • A completed Maine Use Tax form (this form, along with your out-of-state registration, exempts you from paying sales tax on your vehicle).
  • Payment for the $33 title application fee for vehicles 1995 or newer.
  • Payment for the registration fees based upon license plate. Specialized plates cost more than standard plates.

To be sure you have everything you need before getting in line at the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), visit, answer 3 to 5 questions to generate a checklist of what is needed. Military personnel often get tax breaks in many states, your checklist will indicate if this is the case.