The State of Maine has authorized Cape Elizabeth to register certain automobiles, trucks and recreational vehicles. An excise tax is paid and kept by Cape Elizabeth. Other registration fees are collected, and forwarded to the State of Maine.
If purchased from a Maine Dealer:
If purchased in a private sale:
If previously registered out-of-state:
* Note: If a vehicle is sold or traded, the plates and registration should be retained. It may be advantageous to transfer the plates and excise credit when registering a new vehicle.
For first-time registrations:
Transit Plates – Transit plates are now available at the town office. The transit plate is used to move a vehicle from one point to another prior to registration. The fee is $13.00 one-way and $26.00 round trip. A current insurance card for the vehicle is required at the time of purchase.
Yes, Cape Elizabeth is participating in the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles "Rapid Renewal" program. For more information, see http://www.informe.org/bmv/rapid-renewal/
Boats: Boats expire annually in December. The excise tax is assessed based on the year, horsepower, length and use. A $1.00 town fee is charged for a renewal and $2.00 for a new registration.
All motorized watercraft on inland waters must display the milfoil sticker. A resident milfoil sticker is $10.00.
|10 HP and under||$15.00|
|11 HP - 50HP||$20.00|
|51 - 115 HP
Over 115 HP
|Personal Watercraft||$34.00 (Jet Ski, wave runner)|
ATV's: ATV's expire annually in June. The registration fee is $33.00, plus $1.00 town fee. ATV's are not charged an excise tax.
Snowmobiles: Snowmobiles expire annually in June. The registration fee is $45.00, plus $1.00 town fee. Snowmobiles are not charged an excise tax.
The tax office at 207-799-0881.