If you want to register a motor vehicle in the State of Maine you’ll need a Bill of Sale. This serves as a legal contract from the seller to the buyer documenting the transaction. The Bill of Sale will be required to prove ownership in the absence of a title, as well as to compute sales tax―which must be paid before a registration can be issued.
The following information should appear on the Maine Bill of Sale Form:
– Name and address of the seller.
– Name and address of the buyer.
– Vehicle description, including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year.
– Vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale.
– Amount of sale.
– Date of sale.
– Signature of the seller.
If you purchase your motor vehicle from a dealer, the dealer is required to give you an official Bill of Sale which will include the purchase price of the vehicle, used to compute the sales tax (around 5.5% of the price).
For more information go to Department of the Secretary of State – Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, within the constitutional office of the Department of the Secretary of State, was established in 1905 out of concern for public safety following the invention, mass production, and use of automobiles. Since that time, the Bureau has served the residents of the State and all users of Maine highways by qualifying and licensing drivers and by maintaining records of driver history, vehicle ownership and vehicle registration. Through the collection of the licensing and registration fees associated with these services, the BMV also provides revenue to build and maintain Maine’s highways.
Today, through the leadership of the Secretary of State, the Bureau offers a variety of online services in addition to its familiar branch office locations. Using online services, for example, Maine motorists may renew their driver’s license or order a duplicate license, renew their vehicle registration, or check on the availability of personalized license plates. Many other online services are available to businesses, individual motorists and other customers.