Automobile Registration

Documents Needed to Re-Register Your Motor Vehicle

  • Current Proof of insurance for the vehicle
  • Previous registration
  • Mileage on current vehicle
  • Proof of Portland residency

Portland residents can re-register vehicles online through the State of Maine Rapid Renewal process.

Documents Needed to Register Your Motor Vehicle (Purchased from Dealer)

  • Copy of the Monroney (Window) Sticker from the Dealership.
  • Current Proof of Insurance for the vehicle
  • Previous Registration (if you are planning on taking a credit from a vehicle previously registered in your name and that you no longer are in possession of)
  • Blue title application showing you have registered for a Maine title.
  • Mileage on the vehicle
  • Invoice from the dealer showing Maine sales tax has been paid (otherwise taxes will be paid at City Hall))
  • Proof of Portland residency
  • After excise taxes have been paid, Treasury can issue most plates.
Documents Needed to Register Motor Vehicle (Purchased from Private Sale)
 
  • Bill of Sale (The document must have year, make model, serial number, current mileage, date of sale and a statement indicating the amount of the sale, who the vehicle is being sold to, and must be signed by the seller and buyer)
  • Current Proof of Insurance for the vehicle
  • Previous Registration (if you are planning on taking a credit from a vehicle previously registered in your name and that you no longer are in possession of)
  • Mileage on the vehicle
  • Proof of Portland residency
  • If private party sale, sales tax will be collected upon registering the vehicle.
  • Title of the vehicle if the model year is 1995 or newer.
  • After excise taxes have been paid, Treasury can issue most plates.

Documents Needed to change your address

  • Proof of Portland residency.  This can be a utility bill, cell phone bill, current tenant lease agreement, etc.
  • If from out of State, you will need in addition to a bill, the Loan Document or title, proof of insurance with a Portland address, and previous registration from that state.
Note: State of Maine law requires that excise tax be paid to municipalities annually at time of vehicle registration / re-registration. Excise tax amounts are based on the vehicle's MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) and year of manufacture.