Maine Car Title
Do you need a car title in Maine? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Maine. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the BMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local BMV.
3: Via a local BMV office
If you prefer to access BMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical BMV office location. Varying BMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the BMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local BMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Applying for a Maine Car Title
A new Maine car title application can be obtained by contacting the Augusta Title Unit or visiting a local BMV office. Only vehicles under 18 years old are required to have a new Maine car title. Once your new Maine vehicle title application is complete, you will need to return it to your local BMV office or mailed to the Title Unit in Augusta at:
Title Examination & Information Unit
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029
If your Maine vehicle title is lost, stolen or irreparably damaged, you will need to apply for a new one. A duplicate Maine vehicle title application will need to be completed, and you will need the information below to do so easily:
- Owner's information
- Telephone number
- Purchase date
- Vehicle's VIN number
- Vehicle's information
- Lienholder's information
The duplicate Maine vehicle title must be mailed to the Title Unit in Augusta (address above), or brought in to your local BMV office for processing.
Change of Address:
To complete a Maine car title address change, you will need to visit your local BMV and make sure to bring the following:
- Proof of Maine residency
- Recent Maine driver's license
- Maine vehicle registration
- Electric bill or other utility bill
- Maine resident hunting or fishing license
- Mortgage agreement
- Insurance policy
- Insurance ID card
- Tax bill
- Government-issued document
- Tax return
- Paycheck stub
- Conditional order of restoration
Change of Name:
To complete a Maine vehicle title name change, you will need to visit your local BMV with one of the following:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court order
- Adoption papers
Don't forget your current Maine car title and current driver's license.
- $40 - Application for warranty title for antique auto, horseless, carriageless or classic vehicle.
- $33 - First application for title listing two liens
- First application for title no lien
- First application for title one lien
- Application to perfect a first lien after an original lien-free title has been printed
- Adding a name after original title has been printed
- Application to perfect a second lien after an original title has been printed
- Application to change a lienholder or lien date - no change in ownership
- A lender pays off the first lienholder named on the title
- Lienholder named on the title releases lien and rewrites the security agreement
- Change of name or address on one title (no change in ownership
- Application for certificate of salvage
- Application for title under Maine's abandoned vehicle law: filed pursuant to Chaper15, subchapter III
- Application for duplicate title
- Application for corrected title
- Application for duplicate certificate of lien
- Assignment of a VIN number (Form MVT-6)
- $5 - Routine search of the records - no official certificate (fee for each VIN searched); an additional $1 for "true copy" certificate
- $10 - Additional fee for expedited title services
- $33 - Search of Title Records - certified (fee for each name or VIN searched)
- $50 - If an application, certificate of title or other document required to be delivered to the Secretary of State is not delivered to the Secretary of State within 30 days, the Secretary of State shall collect $50 as a penalty (Title 29-A §603)
- No fee - Any owner of a vehicle who is exempt from registration fees is also exempt from the title fee
- Application for a surviving spouse upon transfer of ownership to the surviving spouse
- Applications for federal, state or municipal vehicles
For additional information on motor vehicle titles, please contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Title Examination and Information Unit at (207) 624-9000, extension 52138, or by e-mail at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Bill of Sale
In Maine, you will need a bill of sale when registering a vehicle, both when buying from a dealership as well as in a private sale. The bill of sale should include the names, addresses, phone numbers and signatures of both parties involved, as well as the vehicles make, model, year, vehicle identification number (VIN) and odometer reading at the time of the transaction.
Maine Salvage Title
In the state of Maine, insurance companies have the authority to declare a vehicle a "total loss" if your auto is in an accident. If your insurance claims the total loss or the word "Salvage" has been stamped on the title, it is illegal to operate your vehicle on any road in Maine.
What this means, is that the original registration on your vehicle has been cancelled and you must remove your plates from the automobile. If the vehicle is restored, it has to be inspected before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with a ME Salvage Rebuilt Title can be driven on the highways.
To learn more about Maine Salvage Titles, read below:
Apply for a Maine Salvage Vehicle Title
To apply for a title on a salvaged car in Maine, you'll need to go to your local Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch (BMV), or you can also contact the Title Unit in Augusta. If your auto is declared a total loss by your insurance, you'll need to complete an Application for a Certificate of Salvage, which you can obtain at the BMV, and pay the appropriate fees.
As the salvage vehicle owner, you have to surrender the Certificate of Title to the Secretary of State and apply for the Certificate of Salvage, unless the vehicle is transferred to a recycler. A salvage vehicle may be registered or titled for operation in Maine only if you produce the receipts for the parts that were used to rebuild the vehicle.
Rebuilt Salvage Title
The Salvage Certificate replaces the title as the official proof of ownership document for the car. Once you fill out the form and your vehicle passes inspection making your car roadworthy, you can then apply for a new Maine Certificate of Title. As an owner of the vehicle, you will have to fill out the form, and then file it with your local BMV branch. Click here to find the office nearest you.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Maine
An abandoned vehicle title in Maine can be claimed by anyone, as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it, you'll have to first contact your local Maine law authorities, then fill out a report for the abandoned vehicle.
Your next step is to publish a notice in the newspaper that an abandoned vehicle was found, including its location. You must ask for a Publication Certification. This is done to give the prior owner a chance to claim the vehicle. If the prior owner does not come forward, or is not located by authorities within 60 days, you'll be able to apply for a Maine Vehicle Title.
For more information contact your local BMV office.