A Maine bill of sale is a legal document used to transfer ownership of a valuable item from one person to another based on the specific state laws of Maine (ME).
When you purchase a used motor vehicle in Maine, you need proof of purchase in the form of a signed Maine vehicle bill of sale. The bill of sale provides critical details about the buyer, seller, and vehicle.
If applicable, it should include an odometer disclosure statement and information regarding active liens.
Bills of sale provided by Maine are in English. However, you can write your bill of sale in any language, provided the buyer and seller understand the document’s contents.
A Maine vehicle bill of sale does not need notarization to be valid.
However, having a witness from a financial institution may be beneficial if the deal involves a lien or financing.
All vehicles registered in Maine are subject to an annual excise tax based on the vehicle’s age and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.  You pay this tax at your local town or municipal office.
Your new or used car is also subject to a 5.5% state sales tax, paid at the time of registration.
Vehicle Registration Forms
- Excise tax receipt
- Bill of Sale
- Odometer Disclosure Statement
- Certificate of Title, signed over from the previous owner (seller) to the new owner (buyer)
- Blue Title Application if the vehicle is newer than 1995 and purchased from a dealer
- Receipt of Excise Tax Payment
- Proof of insurance
- Registration application
- Valid Maine driver’s license or photo ID
Boat Registration Forms
- Bill of Sale
- Registration Application
- Registration fees
Firearm Registration Forms
Maine has no law requiring firearms to be registered, and no permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. (Article I, § 16)