Maine Vehicle Titles

 

Seller’s Responsibilities in Maine

1. Sign the Title: On the back of the Maine title, sign your name in the “Seller’s Signature” section. Ensure it matches the name on the front of the title.
2. Fill in Buyer Information: Write the buyer’s name and address in the designated section on the title. This information must be accurate to avoid processing delays.
3. Odometer Disclosure: Complete the odometer reading section if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. This is required by Maine law.
4. Bill of Sale: Create a detailed bill of sale including the vehicle’s make, model, year, VIN, sale price, date of sale, and both the buyer’s and seller’s names and signatures. This document is important for legal and tax records.
5. Notice of Sale: It is advisable to complete and submit a Notice of Sale to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to protect yourself from liability after the sale.

 

Buyer’s Responsibilities in Maine

1. Verify Title Information: Ensure that all information on the Maine title is correct and that the seller has signed it properly. Verify the VIN and names.
2. Odometer Disclosure: Confirm the odometer reading if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. This step is necessary for accurate vehicle history records.
3. Complete the Application for Certificate of Title: Fill out the Maine Application for Certificate of Title (Form MVT-2).
4. Insurance: Obtain valid auto insurance for the vehicle in Maine. State law requires proof of insurance before registration.
5. Pay Fees: Pay the Maine title transfer fee, sales tax, and any other applicable fees. Refer to the current fee schedule on the Maine BMV website.

 

Transfer Process at the Maine BMV

1. Visit the BMV Office: Both the buyer and seller should visit a Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office to complete the title transfer. Locate your nearest office on the BMV website.
2. Submit Documents: The buyer submits the signed title, bill of sale, Form MVT-2, proof of insurance, and lien release (if applicable). Ensure all forms are accurately filled out.
3. Pay Fees: The buyer pays the Maine title transfer fee, sales tax, and registration fees. Payment methods typically include cash, check, and credit cards.
4. Receive New Title: The BMV will issue a new title in the buyer’s name. Processing times may vary, so check the BMV website for current estimates.

 

Important Notes for Maine Residents

– Ensure all signatures are legible and match the names on the title. Inconsistent signatures can cause delays.
– Double-check that all sections of the title are filled out correctly. Mistakes can require you to restart the process.
– Make sure to remove your license plates before handing over the vehicle to the buyer. Maine law requires you to retain your plates.

 

How to Get a Maine Duplicate Title

1. Complete the Application: Fill out the “Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title” (Form MVT-8) from the Maine BMV. Indicate that you need a duplicate title.
2. Provide Proof of Identity: Include a copy of your driver’s license or other valid identification. This verifies your identity.
3. Pay the Fee: Submit the duplicate title fee along with your application. Check the current fee on the BMV website.
4. Submit the Application: Mail or bring your application and payment to your local BMV office. Processing times can vary.

 

How to Get a Lien Release Letter in Maine

1. Contact the Lender: Reach out to the lender who holds the lien on your vehicle. Use the contact information from your loan documents.
2. Request a Lien Release: Ask for a lien release letter stating that the loan is paid off. Most lenders have a standard process for this.
3. Provide Necessary Information: Be ready to provide your loan account number, vehicle details, and personal identification. This speeds up the process.
4. Receive the Letter: The lender will send you a lien release letter once they verify that the loan is paid off. Keep this document safe.
5. Submit to BMV: Submit the lien release letter to the BMV to clear the lien from your vehicle title. This can be done in person or by mail.

 

Contact Information for Maine BMV

For more details, visit the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website or contact them at:
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Phone: (207) 624-9000
Address: 101 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04330

 

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations

Augusta BMV Office
Address: 19 Anthony Ave, Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Bangor BMV Office
Address: 1129 Union St #3, Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 942-1319

Belfast BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Biddeford BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 25 Adams St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Calais BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 11 Monroe St, Calais, ME 04619
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Ellsworth BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 39 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Farmington BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 139 Middle St, Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Houlton BMV Office
Address: 11 High St, Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: (207) 532-2661

Lewiston BMV Office
Address: 36 Mollison Way, Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Machias BMV Office
Address: 8 Stackpole Rd, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: (207) 255-3127

Portland BMV Office
Address: 125 Presumpscot St, Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 822-6400

Rockland BMV Office
Address: 360 Old County Rd, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 596-2255

Rumford BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 50 Congress St, Rumford, ME 04276
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Skowhegan BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 225 Water St, Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: (207) 624-9000

South Paris BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 26 Western Ave, South Paris, ME 04281
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Springvale BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 492 Main St, Springvale, ME 04083
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Topsham BMV Office
Address: 147 Brunswick Rd, Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Waterville BMV Office
Address: 18 Colby St, Waterville, ME 04901
Phone: (207) 624-9000

Wilton BMV Mobile Unit
Address: 158 Weld Rd, Wilton, ME 04294
Phone: (207) 624-9000

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