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 an 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:

YearDestination Charge CalculationExcise 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.

Your insurance card or policy for Motor Vehicle Transactions should be faxed to 207-646-2935. They need to include the vehicle information for the vehicle you with to register or reregister. The transaction date must be within the insurance card or policy listed effective dates.

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 for the vehicle you are registering
  • 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 for the vehicle you are registering
  • 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 for the vehicle you are registering
  • 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 for the vehicle you are registering
  • Mileage on vehicle

For a lost registration, you will need to bring:

  • Valid insurance card or policy for the vehicle you are registering
  • Mileage on vehicle

Note: You may purchase a duplicate registration for $3.
Registration Information