Maine Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form
A Maine motor vehicle power of attorney grants authority to an attorney-in-fact to complete car-related tasks. The person who creates the document (the vehicle owner) instructs the attorney-in-fact on the responsibilities to carry out. If the owner needs to obtain a new registration or renew a previous one, the form gives the assigned person permission to represent them in front of the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The attorney-in-fact can use the form to request a new or duplicate title if requested, as well.
The form allows the attorney-in-fact to have the vehicle inspected. If the car passes inspection, the technician must include their personal information and sign the document. The attorney-in-fact must submit the inspection papers to the DMV.
The attorney-in-fact can oversee matters that do not require a visit to the DMV, as they can also manage private sales. It is up to the owner to decide how much time they want to spend handling the buying or selling process. If they want to take a “hands-off” approach, they can give the attorney-in-fact permission to handle the entire sale. On the other hand, the owner can take care of most of the sale, then appoint an attorney-in-fact to transfer the title.
Since ambiguous or broad language can cause misunderstandings, the vehicle owner should state what they need or want from the attorney-in-fact. Discussing the form’s contents before signing also ensures that the owner and attorney-in-fact understand their role.
According to Maine state law, the owner must file the form with the DMV for a $20 fee. Individual filers must include their date of birth and social security number. Companies must enter their federal identification number. In both cases, the person creating the document needs to write the representative’s name, along with the vehicle’s identifying information.
Signing requirements: Notarization.
How to Write
Step 1 – Names and Signature
On the first line, write the name of the car owner (company or individual). Then print the name of the representative (attorney-in-fact). The owner signs, on the indicated line, with acknowledgment from a Notary Public.
Step 2 – Company or Individual Information
Enter the date of birth and Social Security Number if the owner is an individual; enter the federal ID number if the owner is a company.
Step 3 – Notarization
A Notary Public must complete and sign this section of the form to verify that the vehicle owner created and signed the motor vehicle power of attorney.
Step 4 – Vehicle Type and Inspection
The form requires the vehicle to be inspected by a Certified Technician. Take the car and this form to a mechanic, and fill out the form with the following information:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Owner’s Birth Name and Address
- Station Name and Address
- Certified Technician Name and Number
- Technician signature