Maine Motor Vehicle (DMV) Bill of Sale Form


The Maine DMV bill of sale form is required by Maine law if you want to register a vehicle that you recently purchased from a private party or even a dealership. It is primarily needed to calculate the mandatory sales tax associated with the registration process (which is typically 5.5% of the selling price). Both parties can benefit from retaining a copy of the form to have on file. Date of sale, seller and buyer contact info, and signatures are some of the things that will be documented on the form producing concrete evidence that a transfer of possession developed.

How to Register a Vehicle

In order to legally operate your recently purchased vehicle, you must first have it processed for registration. Go to a municipal town office near you, if your local municipal town office does not engage in the registration of motor vehicles, you must instead visit a Maine BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles). Once you arrive in person, you must have the following materials at your disposal:

  • The bill of sale assuring that you have purchased the vehicle for the amount listed on the document.
  • Title of the vehicle signed over by the prior owner (only mandatory if the vehicle is newer than 1995).
  • A state of Maine driver’s license.
  • Paperwork confirming that you have a valid auto insurance plan.
  • A Vehicle Registration Application (White and yellow copies only available at the town office, no online form.)
  • Be prepared to make the following payments:
    • Title Application Fee (only required for vehicles newer than 1995) – $33
    • Maine Sales Tax – 5.5% of the sales price of the vehicle.
    • Excise Tax – Depends on which municipality/county you are registering the vehicle in.
    • License Plate Fees – Determined by the type of plates you choose.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Initial Information – The first 2 blanks require that you insert:

  • Date of Transaction
  • Name of Seller(s)

Step 3 – Vehicle Information – Have the following vehicle information on hand to fill in the required fields:

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • VIN #
  • Mileage

Step 4 – Price/Transferee – The final 2 blank spaces of the top section instruct you to provide:

  • Amount of the Selling Price (numerically, in dollars)
  • Name of Buyer(s)

Step 5 – Signatures and Contact Info – To finalize the contract, the buyer(s) and the seller(s) must each provide:

  • Signature
  • Printed Name
  • Address

(Note: By signing the document, the seller affirms that the vehicle is free from any liens or encumbrances.)