No – out of state or non-resident individuals and businesses can register trailers here in Maine.
If a trailer is 1995 or newer and/or it has an empty (not GVW) weight of more than 3,000 lbs. and you do not have it titled in another state.
If a trailer is older than 1995 or weighs less than 3,000 lbs. (not GVW), you do not have to title it in Maine. We just need your proof of ownership (Bill of Sale, current registration, etc.).
A blank Bill of Sale can be downloaded from our website, filled out and signed and mailed or faxed to us.
We need a signed Power of Attorney in order to act as your representative and title your trailer(s) here in Maine. You or your company will always be listed as the trailer’s owner..
The only time a Power of Attorney form is required is when we are asking for your original title.
We provide blank Power of Attorney forms in two formats for our client’s convenience – MS Word document and Adobe PDF. Both are identical.
You will need to have you Power of Attorney notarized.
If you bought a trailer (new or used) for personal use that is not a large semi-trailer (GVW over 50,000 lbs.), 5.5% Maine Sales Tax is due on the amount paid for the trailer.
Examples: boat trailer, horse trailer, utility trailer, snowmobile trailer, etc.
If you bought a large semi-trailer, it is assumed that it will be used in Interstate Commerce and no sales tax is required.
No Sales Tax Due…
- if trailer is already titled in your name
- if trailer is already registered in your name
- if trailer is used in Interstate Commerce over 80% of the time
The best way to get answers to all your questions or concerns is to give us a call. We have a toll-free number for your convenience 1-800-883-5181.
If you prefer to send questions via email, please use our contact page form.
Maine Trailer Registrations is a Statutory Agent for the State of Maine. As your agent, we provide you with a mailing address which allows you to register your trailer(s) here in Maine, regardless of your residency status. It is your sole responsibility, as with out-of-state registrants, to become educated of any applicable laws specific to your state regarding trailer registrations.