ME License plate guide. Custom or specialty plates and replacing lost or stolen license plates.
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. In order to replace your plates you can take the application for replacement plates, along with a check or money order for the fee in person to your local BMV or mail it to:
Bureau of Motor Vehicles Attention: Lost Plate Clerk 29 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0029
For in-person replacement, you must:
- Visit your local BMV office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in the application for replacement plates.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees of $5.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. While application forms can be picked up at your local BMV office, you can check plate availability online for special interest plates. Fill it in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
Maine's BMV issues Special Interest Plates according to the type of vehicle, i.e.: Passenger, Commercial, Motor Home, Trailer and Motorcycle. Special Interest plates are also divided by the following categories: Black Bear, Conservation, Disability Special Veteran, Available Veteran, Wabanaki, University of Maine, Lobster, Maine Agriculture, Support your Troops, Breast Cancer and Maine Sportsman. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates, divided by type of vehicle: Antique, Black Bear, Custom Vehicle, Disability Special Veteran, Purple Heart, Agriculture Commercial, Conservation Commercial, Motor Home, Disability Motor Home, Trailer, Purple Heart Motorcycle and Special Veteran Motorcycle.
You may view plates by category, to see additional information regarding fees and where to apply by accessing the individual links. Click here to access the applications form for requesting special interest plates. Visit the BMV's Vanity Plate Search & Order section to check plate availability and order online. You may also complete the special interest license plate request form and drop it off at your local BMV office with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. There is a $25 fee for all Vanity plates and a separate $20 fee for certain Special Interest Plates. The Maine BMV also charges a $2 agent fee for processing your request online. For more detailed fee information, please click here.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates application form and fees.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Maine Law it is mandatory to retain license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates should be mailed back to the BMV. However, you will not be penalized if you forget to do so.