Maine Firearm Bill of Sale Form


A Maine firearm bill of sale form verifies that two (2) individuals followed state and federal procedures when transferring a weapon. The signatures of both parties indicate that each person can lawfully sell, buy, and possess a gun. In other words, they do not have a criminal record or mental health history that would otherwise prevent them from ownership. While not required, the seller can demand the buyer to present a permit or identification (ID) and/or have a background check performed. This step prevents owners from selling to unlawful or dangerous individuals.

What is a Maine Gun Bill of Sale?

A Maine gun bill of sale furnishes each person involved in a firearm transaction with proof that it happened. The document’s functions include verifying ownership and eligibility to buy or sell the gun. Neither person can provide false information or unlawfully conduct the deal. Individuals who violate the policy can endure fines or jail time, which goes onto their permanent record. As a result, they may have trouble finding a job, taking out a loan, buying property, or carrying out other responsibilities.

How to Apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit

Residents and non-residents can apply for Maine concealed handgun permits. The application procedure varies only in its cost. Residents must pay $35 initially and $20 to renew, whereas non-residents owe $60 for a first-time permit and $60 for renewals.

Applicants in a listed location must submit the required documents to their town’s Maine State Police Department. Individuals living in an unlisted town need to consult with their local Police Department or town office.

Step 1 – Qualifications

The person applying for the concealed handgun permit must be in good standing with the law (§ 393). This statement means they do not have a criminal record, a history of violence or domestic abuse, or retraining orders. The state and federal governments must deem them stable individuals who do not pose concerns regarding the use and purchase of a firearm.

In addition, the applicant must not have mental health disorders or challenges that interfere with their ability to use a gun lawfully. They must not have resided in a behavioral facility or hospital for mental health issues. Furthermore, the individual cannot have a current drug or alcohol addiction.

Step 2 – Knowledge of Handgun Safety

If the applicant passes the qualifications, the next step is to take a “Knowledge of Handgun Safety (HGS)” course approved by the state. The student must obtain a certification at the end of the education, which they must provide when applying for the permit. State police only accept certificates completed within the past five (5) years of the application date. Military members honorably discharged can use their DD214 in place of gun training.

Step 3 – Photographs

The submission packet must include a “passport quality” photo of the applicant. The state requires a colored photograph two (2) inches by two (2) inches.

Step 4 – Application

The state provides an application for residents and another for non-residents. Both forms resemble each other, with the only difference being the amount owed by the applicant. A witness over the age of eighteen (18) who knows the person applying must sign the authority and authorization to release information forms. These documents allow the state to conduct a criminal and mental health background check. Applicants must visit their State (or local) Police Department to apply.

Provide the Following:

  • Application
  • Payment
  • Knowledge of Handgun Safety (HGS) Certification
  • Photograph
  • Birth Certificate

Step 5 – Wait

Processes differ by town, but generally, the wait time for a response is four (4) to eight (8) weeks. It takes longer to process applications, including medical releases.

The state contacts the applicant by letter or phone. If approved, the individual can make an appointment or stop by the office to pick up their permit.

Denied applicants must understand the reason for their rejection. Depending on local regulations, they can reapply with the corrections if possible. Issues that pertain to the law can permanently impact the individual, meaning they do not pass the eligibility requirements for a concealed handgun permit.

Step 6 – Renew

Concealed handgun permits in Maine last for four (4) years. License holders must renew within six (6) months of the expiration date or reapply as a new applicant. Similarly, individuals who move must notify the state within thirty (30) days. If they fail to do so, the state also requires them to reapply instead of renewing.

Residents and non-residents renewing must provide the completed six (6)-page application, the three (3)-page witnessed authority and authorization release information forms, the required fees, and a current two (2) inch by two (2) inch photo.