Excise Tax & Vehicle Registration

Excise Tax
You must come to Town Hall first to pay your excise tax.  You then have the option to register at Town Hall or go to a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) branch to complete the registration.  In most cases, you can complete your registration of a new vehicle or renewal of your vehicle at Town Hall for a additional fee of  $4 for a new vehicle and $3 for a reregistration.

Calculating your Vehicle Excise Tax
For new vehicles purchased from a dealer, take you final window sticker price, subtract destination charges, and multiply times .024.  For example, if the final window sticker of my new vehicle was $20,000.00 and I paid $500 for destination charges, then this would be the calculation:
 Year  Destination Charge Calculation
 Excise Tax
1 $19,500 x .0240
$468
2 $19,500 x .0175
$341.25
3 $19,500 x .0135
$263.25
4 $19,500 x .0100
$195
5 $19,500 x .0065
$126.75
6 $19,500 x .0040
$78

Vanity Plates
If you wish to purchase a vanity plate for the first time you will need to go to the DMV.  You may check your vanity plate request online by visiting the Department of the Secretary or the State of Maine's Online Services website.

To fax your insurance card to the DMV, that number is 207-646-2935.

Registration Information

To pay your registration fees, please bring a check, cash or a credit / debit card.
 
New Vehicle Registrations
For a New Vehicle Registration / Casual Sale you will need to bring:
  • Title from the seller with the back filled out
  • Bill of Sale
  • Current vehicle insurance card or policy
  • Mileage on vehicle
For a New Vehicle Registration / Maine Dealer sale, you will need to bring:
  • Blue title application
  • Green sales tax form
  • Window sticker for vehicles never purchased before
  • Current vehicle insurance card or policy
  • Mileage on vehicle
For a New Vehicle Registration / Out-of-State purchase you will need to bring:
  • Blue title application
  • Window sticker (for vehicles never purchased before)
  • Bill of Sale
  • Current vehicle insurance card or policy
  • Mileage on vehicle
Vehicle Reregistrations
For a Vehicle Registration that is for a new resident to Maine or the vehicle had been registered in another state, you will need to bring:
Title to the vehicle or lien holder information
  • Old registration
  • Current vehicle insurance card or policy
  • Mileage on vehicle
For a lost registration, you will need to bring:
  • Valid insurance card or policy
  • Mileage on vehicle
Note: You may purhcase a duplicate registration for $3.