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Old 09-11-2011, 11:41 PM
 
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does anyone know the regulations for registering a car in maine?

do you have to have maine residence in order to do so?

i was thinking about buying a car in maine and then moving there.

i have a mailing address in another state but i am usually not there. (haven't lived in the u.s. for a few years)

would it be best to get a maine post office box right away, and then try to register in maine?
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:26 AM
 
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Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles: Registrations

Short of making a call, this will probably be your best source.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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As I understand it, after moving in, you have thirty days to get your vehicle registered. You do not need to have it registered in Maine immediately. And realistically, while you have thirty days, there are no registration police who are going to notice that you failed to register on the 31st day. Budgets have been cut everywhere in the USA, and the so-called highly paid bureaucrats who have to handle the regulations, now have double and triple the load they had before. There is an absolute physical limit to the number of people you can process in one hour, whether you are paid more or less doesn't really matter.

So it may actually be longer to get anything done.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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I guess it depends on how long it will be until you move to Maine. If you're going to do so in six months or less, I would get it registered. The problem is, you need more than just a mailing address. You need either a lease, showing your address or a utility bill, showing your address. (I just went through this four months ago, it's fresh in my mind.)

So I don't think that just a PO Box is going to cut it. Double check, of course, but I distinctly remember that I had no utility bills yet, I hadn't been here long enough, I had to show them my lease that had my physical address.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:31 PM
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We did ours with a PO Box, but we may have had to have other documents as well, I don't remember.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When I moved to Maine, the DMV used a PO box address for me, because our property did not have a street address at the time.

I got a PO box right away when I got here, then a Maine driver's License and attempted to open a Maine bank account. All to 'show' that I was residing in Maine.

In my first month living in Maine I was pulled over by Law Enforcement three times, because they did not recognize me yet.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:24 AM
 
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so i guess living off grid would present a problem with utility bills. would it be better to register a car out of state, then wait a year until i am established in maine and then re-register?

in a sense i will be homeless/itinerant until the move. so this is a general question of how to register a car in this situation.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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so i guess living off grid would present a problem with utility bills. would it be better to register a car out of state, then wait a year until i am established in maine and then re-register?

in a sense i will be homeless/itinerant until the move. so this is a general question of how to register a car in this situation.
You don't have to have a utility bill, you can also show a lease or a rental agreement or your mortgage. I just know I had to prove that I actually lived here before I could do anything. Still, go to the .gov page about registration, find a local office near you, (as well as local town office about the excise tax to make sure you have everything you need before going there), and call them to ask them exactly everything you need in hand to get your car registered in Maine.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:55 AM
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I used my checking account to prove my address at DMV. So there are other options out there.
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Many Police Departments have an officer who checks up on new arrivals quite often and runs the plates [I know the officer in Kittery who does this and he's like a rabid dog over it ] IF you don't change over as soon as you can they will send you a notice. Waiting a year will get you in hot water.

As far as I know it's not like here in Texas where you need your birth certificate and other crap to even change your license over.
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