Division of Enforcement, Anti-Theft and Regulations

Complaint Process

For the investigative process to begin you need to fill out a complaint petition. It is important to note that the complaint petition is intended for investigation purposes only and should not be used to file complaints about the operation of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  
There are different complaint petitions depending on the nature of the complaint. The instructions for filing a complaint are listed below. For all complaints, please include all the details regarding the complaint. Record the time and date of events to the best of your ability. Include statements made and witnesses to those statements. Attach any correspondence or certified return receipts you have, etc. You cannot put “too much” information in your complaint.
Your complaint is very important to us and will be acted upon as soon as possible.  The detective assigned to your complaint will contact you at the appropriate time to discuss your complaint.

Complaints Regarding Private Sale Transactions:

If you have a complaint regarding the purchase of a motor vehicle through a private sale transaction, a sale not involving a licensed dealer, please complete the Private Sale Complaint Form. This form must be printed and mailed because it requires the support of the following materials: the prior title (if available), a copy of the bill of sale, a completed title application (MVT-2), $33 title fee, a completed affidavit of ownership (MVT-55), a Vehicle Identification Number Inspection Form (MVT-10), and proof of contact attempts with the prior owner. All documents and the title fee must be submitted prior to the investigation of your complaint.
The MVT-55 and the MVT-10 are provided as attachments to the complaint form. An application for a Maine certificate of title (MVT-2) is not available in a printable format. An MVT-2 can be obtained by contacting the Title Unit in Augusta or by visiting any of our motor vehicle branch office locations.
The Private Sale Complaint Form and supporting documents should be submitted to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicle
Division of Enforcement, Anti-theft and Regulations
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029


All Other Complaints:

If you have a complaint regarding any other matter, please complete the General Complaint Form. The General Complaint Form can be submitted online or printed and mailed.Complaints may include but are not limited to, the activity of licensed or unlicensed dealers, title fraud, odometer fraud, identification fraud, insurance fraud, automobile identification, automobile theft, and miscellaneous consumer complaints. The General Complaint Petition can be printed and mailed, or it may be electronically submitted.
The General Complaint Form and supporting documents should be submitted to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicle
Division of Enforcement, Anti-theft and Regulations
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Division of Enforcement, Anti-Theft & Regulation
(207) 624-9000 Ext. 52144
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Additional Information & Helpful Links:

Your Rights When Buying a Used Car
How to Protect Yourself Against Identify Theft
Used Car Information Act
Consumer Protection - Information for Motor Vehicles from the Maine Attorney General's Office
Lemon Law - New Cars