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In Maine can a car be register without the owner having a driver's license?


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The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) does not state that a driver's license is needed in order to register or title a vehicle. The steps they mention to register a car include paying an excise tax at your town office. Excise tax is a municipal tax that needs to be paid to a local municipal office.

If your municipality does not participate in the registration program, than you will have to drive to a BMV branch office to register a car.

According to the ME BMV the Documents needed for registering and titling a car include:

  • Signed bill of sale
  • Title, if the vehicle is 15 years old or newer, signed over to new owner from the previous owner(s).
  • Evidence of insurance (ID card, policy or binder)
  • White and yellow copy of registration application and excise tax receipt (from town office)

To finish up the registration process in Maine one must pay 5% Maine sales tax on the purchase price of the vehicle. And also pay the title application fee ($33.00) along with the appropriate registration fees based on type of plate selected.

We contacted the ME BMV to confirm that a driver' license is not needed to title and register a vehicle in Maine. They responded that you do not need a license to register a vehicle. If the person registering the vehicle is a minor, there are other requirements. Title 29A Section 352 of the Maine Statutes is titled Minors and states:

1. Application for registration. The Secretary of State may not approve the application of a minor for registration of a vehicle unless the minor is at least 15 years old and the application is signed by:

A. A parent or guardian who has the custody of the minor;

B. If the minor has no parent or guardian, the minor's employer; or

C. If the minor is emancipated, the minor. In this case, the application must be accompanied by an attested copy of the court order of emancipation.

2. Suspension. If a person who has signed the application files with the Secretary of State a notarized written request that the registration be suspended.

So though a driver's license is not needed to register a car, proof of insurance is required and it can be difficult to obtain auto insurance for a vehicle if you do not have a valid driver's license. There are certain circumstances where an insurance company may allow another person to be the listed driver on your car's insurance if you do not have a driver's license however you may need to shop around to find an insurer that would allow this.

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