Register & Title a Motorcycle in Maine

This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Maine and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

Maine Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Maine have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Yes.
  • Does Maine require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Required for all motorcycles.
  • Does Maine require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Titles not required for motorcycles older than model year 1995

Title and Register a Motorcycle in Maine

To register your motorcycle in Main you’ll need:

  • Signed Bill of Sale or title.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Registration Application.
  • Excise Tax Receipt.
  • Sales tax.
  • Registration fee.

No Title Motorcycle Registration in Maine

Option 1: Use a bill of sale

No titles required for motorcycle under 300c or manufactured before 1995.

Option 2: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.

Maine Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Motorcycle in Maine must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Handlebars not above shoulder height.
  • Passenger footrests when riding with passengers.
  • Daytime headlights.

This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.

2 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Maine”

  1. Hi I want to ref motorcycle in Maine I’m from Ireland. I want to use bike to tour USA over the next few years. I will be ion a holiday visa when I travel. The motorcycle will be garaged in a friends house in Maine. How do I make this work for me. Kind regards John in Dublin

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Your best bet is going to be to contact the DMV for specific details and requirements – length of stay may come into play here. Assuming you’ve got the proper motorcycle license from Ireland and the bike is registered and insured, you should be good to go as is.

      Otherwise, you may need to visit the Department of Motorcycle Vehicles with proof of ownership of the bike and get a temporary registration.

      I’d recommend contacting the AA for further guidance on this one before you start your trip.

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