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Guide to the Maine DMV

maine dmv guide

If you’re new to Maine or have recently purchased a car in the state, you may need to brush up on the basics of licensing and registration.

New Vehicle Registration in Maine

If you have just moved to Maine, you will have thirty days to register your vehicle. You can do this in person at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). You can also renew and pay your excise tax online.

When you purchase your vehicle from an Maine dealership, the dealer will handle the paperwork for titling and registering your car. To register yourself, you may go to the BMV or your municipal town office and submit:

  • Your Maine driver’s license
  • The original vehicle title, if applicable
  • Copies of the registration application from your town office
  • Excise tax receipt
  • Proof of Maine insurance
  • A completed Maine Use Tax form
  • $33 for the application fee for vehicles from 1995 or later
  • Payment for the registration fee, based on your license plate

Maine Vehicle Inspections

Maine requires all vehicles to get annual inspections. If your vehicle was inspected in your previous state, Maine will recognize that inspection until your sticker expires.

Maine Registration Renewal

You can renew your car registration online if you live in a participating municipality. Maine will only send registration renewal reminders to drivers that request it.  To renew in person, you can visit your municipal office to pay your excise tax. Then visit the BMV office with:

  • Proof of Maine insurance
  • Receipt for excise tax
  • The white and yellow copy of your vehicle registration application
  • Payment for your renewal fees ($35 for passenger vehicles)

Maine Motor Vehicle Titling

To title your vehicle, you must take the required documents to your county’s municipal office or BMV within 30 days of establishing residency. The required documents are:

  • Out of state title and registration
  • Proof of Maine insurance
  • Registration fees
  • Lienholder information, if applicable
  • Complete title application (available at any BMV branch location)

Driver’s Licenses in Maine

If you are new to Maine, you must relinquish your out-of-state license within thirty days of establishing residency. Your written and road tests will be waived if you have a valid license.You can get a Maine driver’s license in person via the following steps:

  • Submit proof of legal U.S. presence (birth certificate, U.S. passport, etc.)
  • Submit proof of your Maine residence (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)
  • Pass the vision test
  • Surrender your out-of-state license
  • Pay the requisite fees ($30 for six years if you’re under 65 years old, $21 for four years if older, $30 driver’s license fee and $10 application fee)

Maine Auto Insurance Requirements

Liability insurance, medical insurance, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is required for your vehicle in Maine. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $50,000 per person
  • $100,000 per accident for total bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 for property damage
  • $2,000 for medical payment coverage

You must also have uninsured motorist coverage that is equal to your liability coverage unless you request a rejection form from your insurer.