Welcome to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles


State delays and closures - You may sign up for various citizen alerts through this webpage link.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Main Office in Augusta is open by appointment only.

Please call for information about service availability at BMV branch offices: https://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/locations/index.html

All BMV phone lines are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 4:00 only!

In observance of Indigenous Peoples Day all Bureau of Motor Vehicle Offices will be closed Monday, October 12, 2020.

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, within the constitutional office of the Department of the Secretary of State, was established in 1905 out of concern for public safety following the invention, mass production, and use of automobiles. Since that time, the Bureau has served the residents of the State and all users of Maine highways by qualifying and licensing drivers and by maintaining records of driver history, vehicle ownership and vehicle registration. Through the collection of the licensing and registration fees associated with these services, the BMV also provides revenue to build and maintain Maine's highways.

Today, through the leadership of the Secretary of State, the Bureau offers a variety of online services in addition to its familiar branch office locations. Using online services, for example, Maine motorists may renew their driver's license or order a duplicate license, renew their vehicle registration, or check on the availability of personalized license plates. Many other online services are available to businesses, individual motorists and other customers.

What's New In the Department

Sec. Dunlap: BMV-issued licenses, State IDs extended during emergency

Temporary registration letter for private sales PDF Format

Restarting Maines Economy

Guidance for Dealers during emergency

Car Dealership Checklist for reopening our economy

Guidance for Driver Education Schools during emergency

Driver Education Protocols

Motorcycle Safety Program Protocols during COVID-19

July 22, 2020

On July 22, 2020 the Governor signed Executive Order 4, allows for dealer licenses expiring during the period of emergency the Secretary of State may issue or allow a dealer upon renewal of a dealer license to retain dealer plates when a dealer shows good cause related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 26, 2020

On May 26, 2020 the Governor signed Executive Order 53-A, which means if a person can register normally through their municipality or Bureau of Motor Vehicle Office they must do so immediately. If your municipality is NOT accepting payments through Rapid Renewal, by mail, by telephone, or in the municipal office the notice below of March 20, 2020 still stands.

March 20, 2020

Please be aware that during this time of civil emergency, all Bureau of Motor Vehicle services will be delayed.

Motor vehicle and trailer registrations, including all temporary registrations that expire during the state of emergency will be extended.

This applies to registrations issued by municipalities or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and also to temporary registrations issued by dealers.  The State of Maine recognizes the need of individuals, families, and businesses for transportation, work and commerce during the emergency.  These registrations can be renewed after the emergency ends.

Registrations issued by a municipality, including temporary registrations, are deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency  pursuant to P.L. 2019, ch. 617, F-1 , emergency laws approved by the Governor on March 18, 2020.

Other registrations, including temporary registrations, will be extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency pursuant to the emergency provision of 29-A MRSA 405(4).

Please call the central office of the Department of the Secretary of State at 207-626-8400 if you have an emergency related to BMV that is not addressed by these registration extensions.


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New Legislation

Public Laws and Resolves affecting Motor Vehicles during the 129th Second Legislative Session. All laws are effective June 16, 2020unless otherwise noted. 

What's New

Towns of Monson, Waite and the Penobscot Nation join Rapid Renewal Service 
June 19, 2020

Secretary Dunlap encourages license renewals before final waiver deadline nears
June 15, 2020

Towns of Georgetown, Grand Lake Stream join Rapid Renewal Service
June 12, 2020

Towns of South Bristol, Bremen, Sweden and Indian Township join Rapid Renewal Service
May 29, 2020

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to reopen Bureau of Motor Vehicles by Appointment
May 28, 2020

Towns of Baileyville, Somerville, Pittsfield join Rapid Renewal Service 
May 8, 2020

Otisfield, Bridgewater, Penobscot join Rapid Renewal Service
May 1, 2020

Seven more towns join Rapid Renewal ServiceTown of Benton now offering Rapid Renewal Service
April 27, 2020

Towns of Albion and Troy now offering Rapid Renewal Service 
April 3, 2020

Sec. Dunlap: BMV-issued licenses, State IDs extended during emergency
March 27, 2020

Towns of Starks, Maxfield, South Thomaston, Rangeley Plantation now offering Rapid Renewal Service 
March 27, 2020

Sec. Dunlap: CDLs, registrations extended during emergency; Real ID enforcement delayed
March 24, 2020